College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute Summer 2021

Jasmine Neosh

Jasmine Neosh is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation. She is also a student in the Public Administration program at the College of Menominee Nation, where she graduated with high honors in 2019 with an Associate degree in Natural Resources. Jasmine has been a Northeast Climate Science Center Undergraduate Fellow, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Dr. Holly Youngbear-Tibbets Sustainability Fellowship. Jasmine is currently leading a multi-year, NIFA-funded survey of the wild edible plants of the Menominee reservation. 

Lorenzo Warrington

Lorenzo Warrington has an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies/Social Sciences and is currently interning as part of the Edible Plants and Phenology Projects. Lorenzo is a former member of the Sustainable Leadership Cohort. He is also an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. He plans to enroll into a Bachelors program to further his education. His dream is to bring renewable energy to the Menominee Reservation through Tribal Government and Policy. 

Marissa Vele

Marissa Vele is one of this summer’s Sustainability Leadership Cohort Education Mentors. She is currently working on her B.S. in Early Childhood/ Middle Education at the College of Menominee Nation. Marissa currently lives in Tigerton with her husband and daughter. This is her second year interning with SDI as a mentor. During the school year, she is a substitute teacher for area schools. Once she graduates she plans on teaching within the area to give back to her community. Marissa is looking forward to working with the SLC again this year to gain more experience working with students.  

Read more about Marissa’s experiences at SDI here: Marissa’s blog posts

Deborah Lyons

Deborah is the Lead Mentor of the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. This is Deborah’s first year working for SLC. Deborah is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation. She is currently a third-year college student working towards her B.S in Elementary Education at the College of Menominee Nation. She graduated in the spring of 2021 from Haskell Indian Nations University with her Associates in Para-Professional Education.  She is the eldest daughter of Gena and Luis Kakkak. Deborah enjoys partaking in cultural events and spending time with her family. Deborah’s plan after graduating is to work within the community to give back. 

Corryn Besaw

Corryn is a Sustainability Leadership Cohort- Mentor. This is her first year in this position. Prior to SLC, Corryn was the Youth Supervisor for the Youth Work Experience Program for three years. Corryn is enrolled in the Menominee Nation.  During the school year she works as a substitute teacher for the Menominee Indian School District. She is currently working towards her B.S in elementary education. She is excited for student teaching in the fall (2021). She received her associates degree from Haskell Indian Nations University in ParaProfessional Education (2017). Corryn says she plans after graduation to work within her community to give back.

Jeremiah Moses

Jeremiah Moses Jr. graduated from high school in 2020. He is proud to be Menominee as well as a descendant of the Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee Nations. He is currently pursuing an associate degree in education at CMN and intends to continue for his bachelor’s degree afterwards. One of his goals after college is to become fluent in Menominee language and integrate this into classes where it would not typically be used. 

He is interning at the SDI as a Sustainable Leadership Cohort Mentor and works as the Theatre Researcher through the Federal Work Study program. During his free time, Jeremiah enjoys studying languages, spending time with his parents, younger brothers, and friends, and exploring the woods of the Menominee Reservation.

Brandon Boyd

Brandon Boyd is a current College of Menominee Nation Student who graduated in 2020 with his Liberal Studies degree and is now continuing his education in Natural Resources, emphasizing forestry.

Brandon is an enrolled Menominee member who was born and raised in the Menominee forest and has completed a few internships through the Sustainable Development Institute as an ecological data collector and a climate change researcher. Brandon has four sisters, two brothers, one thirteen-year-old son and many nieces and nephews.

Dulce Moeller

Dulce Maria Moeller was born as a descendant of the Mixtec indigenous as her Mexican father, but her grand-grandmother had a line descendant of the Hopi. According to the legends of grandmother, the Hopi migrated north to Arizona from the south, up from what is now South America, Central America, and Mexico. The language is Uto-Aztecan, more closely related to Nahuatl in Hopi. Also, her father talked the two languages Nahuatl and Mixtec, which cover parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca. Dulce graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as an Actuary science and obtained a professional certificate.  After, She did a master’s in business at the Institute Technology Autonomous of Mexico, ITAM. Also, Dulce is graduated with an Associate degree in Business Administration from the College of Menominee Nation, 2018. Her goal is to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Associate in Public Administration at CMN. She wants to do her training because it can help to teach the strength and positive identity to develop the indigenous group as a minority to empower a business in agriculture and herbal medicine as her family did in the past ancestor. She can learn tools and techniques in agriculture at Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of CMN. Her primary goal will help Minority businesses with a focus on sustainability for Latinos and indigenous. She enjoyed with her husband William to grew her vegetables and canning vegetables to do indigenous art.

Mark Lyons

My name is Mark Lyons. I am 24 years old. I have a 2 year old daughter Avayda Lyons. I am currently employed for the MITW as a Menominee Language teacher. I teach K-5 at Menominee Tribal School. I’m also a research participant here at SDI. I’ve always wanted to learn more about gardening and agriculture. This project will help me learn so I can carry it on for the younger generations.

Sasanehseah Shawanokasic 

Hello, my name is Sasanehseah Shawanokasic. I’m a research participate in the Indigenous Agriculture Participate program. I’ve applied to this job because I’m passionate about working with the environment. This fall I’m planning on attending Dominican University to study biology. I hope to become a pathologist that specializes in infectious diseases.

Michael Cornelius

Michael Cornelius has been attending CMN in pursuit of an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.  Attending school at the Green Bay Campus, Michael has been a student at CMN since the Spring Semester of 2021.  

Michael is enrolled in the Summer Semester and attending at the Green Bay Campus.  He has been working as a Career Achievement Specialist/Career Readiness Intern for the summer term and completed an internship for the Sustainable Development Institute for the Spring Semester. His plans are to complete his education with CMN and explore employment opportunities in the area, hoping to serve the Oneida Nation..  Michael is an Oneida Tribal Member.  He enjoys drawing and painting, photography and camping.

Sabrina Molina

Sabrina Molina is currently enrolled in the Substance Abuse/AODA Program at College of Menominee Nation (CMN), studying primarily at the Keshena campus. She returned to CMN in the Summer 2021 semester and is expected to graduate in the Fall 2022. 

Upon CMN acceptance, Sabrina immediately began her Student Achievement Specialist/Career Readiness Internship with the Retention Department for the Summer 2021 semester. She will be gaining career field experience during her Substance Abuse Counselor internship in the Fall 2021 semester.

Sabrina’s plans for the future include pursuing her bachelor’s degree from UWGB and owning her own private practice. Some of her interests include singing, making others laugh, and spending time volunteering for our local baseball team.


Courtney Behrendt – Advancing Indigenous Perspectives Intern

Elise Wilber – Archaeology Intern

Mequan Corn Jr – Archaeology Intern

Sharissa Jeff – Head Phenology Researcher

Yancy Jeff – Phenology Researcher

Franny Kitson – Visualizing Forest Futures Intern

Samantha Shawanokasic – Visualizing Forest Futures Intern

Past Interns

Read about past SDI interns and the projects they worked on.