Earth Week Celebration

A week-long series of activities focused around Earth Day that builds increased capacity for civic engagement within the CMN, Menominee and surrounding communities to address issues of sustainability.

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Mar 21

CMN’s Earth Week Celebration April 17-22

A week-long celebration in honor of Earth Day will begin on Monday, April 17, at the College of Menominee Nation, Keshena and Green Bay/Oneida, with campus cleanups, and end on Saturday, April 22, with a free community event in Keshena. The theme for the week is Our Community, Our World, Our Future: Environmental and Climate Literacy in Action. The activities taking place will all share this theme and build increased capacity for civic engagement within the CMN, Menominee and surrounding communities to address issues of sustainability.

A variety of activities will take place each day to bring increased awareness of the history of Earth Day and the idea of community organizing. The daily events include an Earth Day play, Menominee 4-H event, community organizing training, UW-Extension gardening workshops, and a small film festival.

On Monday, April 17, students and staff at both Keshena and Green Bay/Oneida campuses are encouraged to participate in a clean up to restore the campus lands to their natural beauty. Also scheduled for Monday night is an Earth Day play presented by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn’s theater production students.

A group from College of Menominee Nation will travel to Madison for the Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Tuesday. The Sustainable Development Institute has received scholarships from the conference organizers to send interested students and staff. The Menominee 4-H club will hold an Earth Day themed event Tuesday night.

On Wednesday and Thursday, CMN faculty member Dr. Dennis Vickers and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Greg Gauthier will present about the history of Earth Day and regional climate change issues on both campuses. Rebecca Edler, Sustainability Education Coordinator, will be presenting the results of the 2015-2016 campus greenhouse gas emissions report and recycling program updates. In the evening on both days there will be Wellstone training sessions provided by CMN administrators Chad Waukechon and Brian Kowalkowski on community organizing. Jennifer Gauthier, UW-Extension, will hold a gardening workshop on the Keshena campus.

A small film festival on Friday will feature local stories, fiction as well as non-fiction. The featured films were produced by local youth as part of the Sustainability Leadership Cohort and other community organizations.

The community is invited to attend a celebration on Saturday, April 22, at the Keshena campus. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Activities include a session of the Back Forty Mine Educational Forum’s Speaking Tour with a special awards ceremony, the Learning Path ECOthon, informational tables, presentations, and hands-on activity stations for children as well as adults. The ECOthon will introduce phenology and tree identification to participants as they walk along the learning path. The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library will be showing a movie; Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. All participants will be receiving a passport which they can use to collect a minimum number of stamps by visiting stations throughout the campus. Those who complete their passport are eligible to receive a prize.


If you are interested in setting up an informational or vendor table at the Saturday celebration, please contact Rebecca Edler at (715)799-3043 or by email

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Mar 14

Menominee Sustainable Forest Management Research Paper Published in Journal of Forestry

Group Opening Outcomes, Sustainable Forest Management, and the Menominee Nation Lands

Co-authors: Christel C. Kern, Manfred Schoelch, Paul Crocker, Dean Fellman, Angela Marsh, David Mausel, Marshall Pecore, Joseph Phillippi, Ronald Waukau, and Anthony Waupochick



Ideally, variants of single-tree, group, and patch selection create new, spatially aggregated age classes and maintain a diversity of tree species and sizes in multiaged, mixed-species forests. We explored this notion in northern hardwood forests on the Menominee Nation, a forest ecosystem without the exploitive cutting history of most forests in the western Great Lakes region. Although the outcomes suggested a lack of relationship between gap characteristics and tree density, the expectations for tree regeneration were largely met: gap tree densities were >600 stems/ac and predominantly composed of sugar maple (Acer saccharum), American elm (Ulmus americana), and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis). Examination of stand diameter distributions indicate that gaps may not be necessary to establish regeneration on Menominee forests. To deepen the interpretation of our results, we include field and office discussions regarding the practicality of group openings when managing this forest.


Read the full article here. To view or purchase the article on the Journal of Forestry web site click here.

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Mar 14

Robin Kimmerer Visits CMN

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Author Robin Wall Kimmerer holds some braided sweetgrass Thursday night as she talks at the College of Menominee Nation’s Cultural Learning Center.

Robin Kimmerer made a special visit to CMN to share her perspective of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Through the Community Read Event, the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library hosted Kimmerer to discuss her book, “Braiding Sweetgrass” on March 2, 2017. Those in attendance read her book in anticipation of connecting with the woman behind the words.

Robin, faculty at the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) has made several visits to the Menominee reservation, her first being in 2002 for the Sharing Indigenous Wisdom Conference.

Since then, SUNY ESF, SDI and Menominee Tribal Enterprises have collaborated on the Learning From the Land Project funded by a USDA NIFA grant. The project began in 2012 and introduced many new opportunities for the CMN and Menominee communities.

The program includes four integrated elements: collaborative development of new cross-cultural Forest Ecology course, undergraduate research experience as a “bridge to the baccalaureate” from tribal college to ESF, training in forest ecology for Native graduate students and a national workshop to disseminate models for integration of indigenous and scientific knowledge in forest ecology and climate change. The program addresses urgent issues of continuity of Native students in the educational “pipeline” by building capacity at multiple stages along the educational pathway at the Associate, Baccalaureate and Masters Degree level.

Read the Shawano Leader article by Lee Pulaski here.

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Mar 07

Phenology Trail Implementation Internship Deadline Extended


The Learning Path Phenology Trail Implementation internship has been extended to March 17 at 4:30 p.m. 

This internship incorporates components of forest ecology along with development of a Citizen based phenology trail along the Learning Path on the East side of the CMN Keshena, WI campus. The faculty member and student intern will work together to coordinate a community input session and use that input to begin establishing observation “stations”. The stations can then be used to observe and record plant pheno phases from April through October each year.  The work will build on a phenology manual developed by a previous student intern.

Read the full internship description here.

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Community Read Author Visit

Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will visit CMN on March 2, 2017 at the Cultural Learning Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m. A Q&A session and book signing will conclude the night.

“In some Native languages the term plants translates to, those who take care of us.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Mar 01

RecycleMania Update: Week 4

We are now entering week four of RecycleMania. With 1,008 pounds of recycling and 738 pounds of waste after the first three weeks, we are collecting more recycling items than waste. This is great news for the college as we work to reduce our GHG emissions. Totals for each week are listed below.

          Week 1: 319 lbs recyclables, 290 lbs waste
          Week 2: 273 lbs recyclables, 322 lbs waste
          Week 3: 416 lbs recyclables, 126 lbs waste


Located on campus are several water bottles fill stations. We challenge everyone to use the stations instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates a disposable plastic product. If you are able, bring a reusable aluminum water bottle when you are on campus, traveling or at work. As always, help the RecycleMania volunteers do their part by using the proper waste and recyclable receptacles located on campus.

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Feb 28

Community Read Event: Author Visit- Robin Wall Kimmerer


Dr. Robin Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Dr. Kimmerer has taught courses in botany, ecology, ethnobotany, indigenous environmental issues as well as a seminar in application of traditional ecological knowledge to conservation. She is the co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America.  Dr. Kimmerer serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Nature and Humans. Of European and Anishinaabe ancestry, Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. Dr. Kimmerer is the author of numerous scientific papers on the ecology of mosses and restoration ecology and on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge to our understanding of the natural world. She is also active in literary biology. Her essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies. She is the author of “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her latest book “Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants” was released in 2013 and was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. She has served as writer in residence at the Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue Mountain Center, the Sitka Center and the Mesa Refuge.

She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

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Feb 27

SLC Deadline Extended to Monday, March 13 by 4:30 p.m!

Deadline extended! Applications are now due on Monday, March 13, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.

The SLC is designed to support young people in our area by building leadership skills, promoting higher education, and ultimately, fostering the next generation of community leaders. This program is committed to respecting cultural values and encouraging holistic thinking. SLC will provide students the tools and skills to be innovative leaders and positive change agents for people and our planet.

 *Grades 9-12
 *Must be available during summer months.
 *Must be in good academic standing.

Find more info here.
Print the SLC application here.

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Braiding Sweetgrass Book Discussion

Join us in the Library Foyer from 12-1 p.m. for a discussion led by the Sustainable Development Institute staff. This semester’s community read book is, Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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