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Interns and Student Workers

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute

Summer 2017


Allison Bailey

My name is Allison Bailey and I am one of the Phenology interns with the Sustainable Development Institute. I am 26 years old and currently enrolled at the College of Menominee Nation, working toward my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This internship was recommended to me by a few people who thought I would be interested in it. When I read the internship description, I was fascinated and decided to apply.

I’ve always had a deep passion for environmental studies. I enjoy working in the garden, going for hikes in the woods, and participating in nature friendly activities. I also enjoy learning about renewable ways to reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources that contribute to environmental hazards.


Kathleen Waukau

Posoh, (Hello) my name is Kathleen, I live on the Menominee Reservation and am enrolled at the College of Menominee Nation full time working toward a degree in Liberal Studies. I have four sons and four grandsons and love animals. I grew up on the Menominee Reservation. I went to boarding schools as a child and had the opportunity to make many friends across Indian country.

These friends are a great part of my life and I enjoy every opportunity to keep in contact with my fellow classmates. My grandmother, Mildred Kaquatosh, raised me the traditional way with our native tongue spoken in the home daily. She went on later in life to teach the Menominee Language in the schools and tell of the legends. She is my role model in pursuing my education and I would like to give back to my community as my grandmother did.


Joseph Waukechon

My name is Joseph Waukechon and I am beyond psyched to be a part of this Internship, particularly next week when we go to the Whispering Pines Retreat. I am part of the Digital Media internship, and excited to start. Filmmaking has always been a huge part of my life, an interest I’ve pursued since childhood, recounting the wonder I felt while on family trips to the movies. I have also created two animated short films, one of which premiered at the Wildwood Film Festival this year, the other slated to appear this Fourth of July in London. I hope this passion will carry forward the efficiency of this group, and help make this internship all that it can be.


Charlene Tourtillott

Charlene Tourtillott was raised on the Menominee Indian reservation located in Wisconsin. A graduate of Menominee Indian High School, Charlene moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to attend Institute of American Indian Arts for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Indigenous Liberal Studies.

Charlene is the Climate Resiliency Research intern and will also serve as a mentor for the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. She is passionate about learning how the arts could raise awareness on climate change and research, fishing and reading.



Dolly Potts

Dolly Potts is an enrolled Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas. She has lived on the Menominee Reservation for eleven years. She is currently attending College of Menominee Nation working toward a Liberal Studies Degree in Humanities. Dolly’s internship position is Agricultural Research Assistant with Rebecca Edler, Sustainability Coordinator.

This is her second internship with SDI; the first was in the fall 2016 as a Sustainability Planner. This time around, she will be assisting with the planting of corn using traditional soil amendments.

One of her greatest interests in SDI is incorporating traditional native input into the sustainability and diversity aspect of planning. She hopes that these teachings become a part of Sustainable Development for the future.


Adam Schulz

Adam Schulz is a first line descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians. He lives on his tribal reservation in Bowler with his three daughters and wife. Adam has been pursuing his degree at College of Menominee Nation for the last five semesters. He is currently finishing the last semester of his associate’s degree in Natural Resources.

Adam will then pursue his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His career objective is to work in a natural resources capacity as a manager for either the Stockbridge-Munsee, or another tribal government.

This spring and summer, he will be  doing a second internship with SDI. His mentor while he works as an Agricultural Research Assistant is Rebecca Edler. He has attended many seminars held by both the College and the Sustainable Development Institute. Adam looks forward to this opportunity to add valuable traditional knowledge to his learning journey.


Brandon Boyd

Brandon Boyd is double majoring in Liberal Studies and Natural Resources at the College of the Menominee Nation. His projected graduation date is May 2018 and he plans to continue 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 two internships through the Sustainable Development Institute as an ecological data collector and a climate change researcher. Brandon has four sisters, two brothers, one eight-year-old son and many nieces and nephews.

Sustainability Leadership Cohort


Miranda Washinawatok

Posoh, I’m Miranda Washinawatok. I am enrolled Menominee and lived on the Menominee Reservation until 2011. I then moved to Shawano and have resided since. I am a Class of 2017 Graduate of Shawano Community High School. While at SCHS, I was often recommended to apply and look into extracurricular programs; the Sustainability Leadership Cohort I found would suit me best.

I enjoy being able to work in the garden, learn the ways of ancient Menominee, as well as promote sustainability in the community.

For the academic school year of 2017-2018, I will be attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle where I will study Environmental Science with a concentration in Natural Resources. At UMPI I’ll also take part on the women’s volleyball team.


Matthew Schwitzer

Matthew Schwitzer is a rising junior at Shawano Community High School where his favorite subjects are history and English. He plays percussion for the school band and lectors at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. After high school, Matthew will attend college to major in journalism or international relations or something of the like.

He has two brothers, twins Nicholas and Jacob, who are attending UW-Stout, having just finished their freshman year. This summer marks Matthew’s second year in the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) at SDI where the SLC will be filming a short documentary, writing a research paper, and tending to the gardens.


Trinaty Caldwell

Trinaty Caldwell is student in the Sustainablility Leadership Cohort program. She currently attends Shawano Community High School as a rising senior. She is a member of the Menominee Tribe and has also resided on the Menominee Reservation for most of her life.

Her interest in the SLC program not only comes from the possibilities of hands-on learning, but also from her family’s work in sustainability. This year, with the program’s focus on food sovereignty, she is enjoying the opportunities to learn and explore the different concepts of managing food.


Maria Moreno

My name is Maria Moreno and I am a senior at Menominee Indian High School. I wanted to be part of SLC because I heard it was a great program from my peers. I’m in Gardening Club at my school and most of the members were planning on joining the program so I decided to apply too.

So far, I really enjoy being in SLC because it’s a great experience and I love working in the garden with the other SLC members. I also liked taking part in the research project on soil amendments. I plan on joining next summer too and I hope more students will join also because SLC is a really great program.



Fall & Spring 2016



Lorenzo Warrington

Lorenzo Warrington, an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation, is the Campus Sustainability Research Intern at the College of Menominee Nations (CMN) Sustainable Development Institute. His purpose in this internship is to report data on greenhouse gases emitted from campus for CMN’s Climate Action Plan which is designed to reduce the effects of Climate Change to reach CMN’s goal of becoming a climate neutral campus.

His dream is to become a Civil Engineer and help develop and sustain renewable energy for the Menominee community.  Lorenzo studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one semester and is now conducting an internship at CMN for two semesters. Lorenzo will return in the fall of 2017 to UW-Madison with hopes to graduate with a Civil Engineering degree with a minor in Environmental Engineering in 2019.


FullSizeRenderCathy Munson

Cathy Munson is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation and is in her second year at College of Menominee Nation with Natural Resources as her major. She had also completed a year at College of Lake County in Illinois studying Horticulture before moving her family back to her hometown of Gresham, Wisconsin in July of 2015. Cathy has served 20 years in the Navy and is an active member of the Menominee Veterans. She had also worked as a government service civilian in the Command Fitness Leader office for 7 years and still enjoys running as her main exercise activity. She recently completed a marathon plus a few extra miles due to a route miscalculation so it was over 30 miles.

She has been actively experiencing her Menominee ancestral heritage through various activities on-campus and on the reservation such as traditional style wild rice processing. She joined her first college club, SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) and is also in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program which both coincidentally intertwine with her new choice of study, Natural Resources, as well as internship, NECSC Climate Change Researcher. Cathy knows that climate change is definitely occurring and affects all living organisms on our beautiful planet Earth, which, by the way, is our one and only life support system.



Dolly Potts

I am an enrolled Prairie Band Potawatomi originally from Kansas. I have lived on the Menominee Reservation for ten years. I am attending College of Menominee Nation working toward a Liberal Studies Degree in Humanities. I am a Sustainability Planner for the POSOH and SLC projects.

I have attended various SDI events and participated in the Learning from the Land National workshop. My greatest interest in SDI is in Traditional Native input into the Sustainability and Diversity aspect of planning. My hope is these teachings become a part of Sustainable Development for the future.

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