Many students begin internships with little to no understanding of sustainability. However, students find that through their experience with the Sustainable Development Institute, they incorporate sustainable aspects into career choices, whether they are majoring in Natural Resources, Education, Nursing, or other fields. Here is a list of some of SDI’s past interns and what projects they implemented with our department:
College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute
Summer 2014 Interns and Student Workers
Learning from the Land Student Researchers
Sagole! I am an enrolled Oneida and am also Menominee. My childhood was mostly spent off the reservation but life changes brought me home. I am in my junior year at CMN with a major in Liberal Studies Humanities and am also adding Sustainable Development. I believe with the correct balance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge we can bring change to this community. I am very blessed to be a part of this wonderful experience and can’t wait to go to New York state and get first hand knowledge of the Adirondack forest. I am also excited to bring this knowledge home to my children.
Posoh Eric Schneider eneq aes-wesyan . This is my first year back to CMN and I am currently pursing a degree in Natural Resources. I plan on first obtaining my associates degree at CMN and then transferring to Stevens Point to obtain my bachelor. I grew up on and around the reservation and hold a high respect for our forest. Currently living in the South Branch area I am constantly surrounded by nature. I have been blessed to be apart of this internship and have learned so many new things about forest that I didn’t know before. Also been helping with the turtle garden behind SDI. I do not plan on leaving the reservation and hope to get a job as a Game Warden or Fish and wildlife. Anything outdoors would be great.
Hello, my name is Ella Keenan. I am currently studying Environmental Biology at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I plan to receive a bachelors degree in Biology and hope to go on to graduate school. This summer I will be working for SDI under the internship title, LFTL (Living From The Land) Forest Systems Student Researcher. My intern group will be traveling to Syracuse, New York in order to study and learn from the Adirondack forest. While there, we will be working in collaboration with SUNY-ESF students and professors in the hopes of combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Scientific Ecological Knowledge. I look forward to taking what I learn this summer to my own community and hopefully pass it on to others.
My name is Keith Kinepoway Jr. I am a current student a College of Menominee Nation. I am studying Sustainable Development I chose this field of study so that I can help educate the younger generation. I believe that if we can help work towards a better tomorrow, that the next generation will be able to continue our work and continue to better the earth.
Ecological Data Collection
Hello, my name is Andrew Levsen and I am an Ecological Data Collection intern with SDI. I am currently a junior at UW Platteville with a major in Reclamation, Environment, and Conservation. I have been fascinated with ecology and involved in agriculture my entire life. My goal for this internship is to become familiar with the Menominee method of sustainability as well as to learn more about the interactions between plants in a natural and minimally disturbed landscape. My hope is that I will be able apply this knowledge in my future to restore highly degraded land to a state that is as similar as possible to the natural appearance and function of the Menominee forest.
Hello my name is Brenda Miller. I am in my junior year at College of Menominee Nation and I am pursuing a double major in Sustainable Development and Natural Resources. I am an Ecological Data Collection Intern this summer at the Sustainable Development Institute. I am enjoying my internship very much and am learning a tremendous amount of valuable knowledge that will stay with me forever, help me obtain my desired successful career, and give me the opportunity to pass this knowledge onto the younger generations as well as the future generations. I am learning of the many important aspects of forestry and the critical techniques it takes to manage an immense and diverse forest, such as the Menominee forest. I have learned of the relevance between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge and the importance to combine the two to create a cutting edge and a completely different perspective on the forest ecosystems. I have also gained a numerous amount of other beneficial knowledge such as, how to identify different types of plant species, the life histories of species worldwide, climate change and how it effects forest ecosystems, mitigation, fire management, forest adaptation, invasive species and diseases, forest restoration, and among many others. My internship is very exciting because, I not only learn of the many important components of forestry, I go out into the forest and implement the aspects I have learned. Last summer, I was apart of the LFTL collaborative project between SUNY-ESF and CMN and the other interns and I completed a two-week forest restoration project on an oak wilt gap. We combined Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge to design a restoration plan where climate and disease adaptability and traditional plants and animals were all emphasized. The best part was our plan was the first of its kind in the region. We presented our silviculture prescription to our Forestry Department and they greatly approved of it. It was a proud moment for all of us. I am very appreciative to have been chosen to be apart of these internships, have the opportunity to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge, and meet great people as well as work in a friendly and caring environment.
Hello, I’m currently a student at College of Menominee Nation, attempting to earn my Associates degree, with the focus in Natural Resources. I have pursed the employment opportunity with the Sustainable Development Institute to increase my knowledge of the ecological concepts and become more familiar with the resources in the Menominee forest. I will continue to work this summer for SDI in hopes of developing my work portfolio so I can start working in my field of study as soon as possible. This internship will give me insights to how the Menominee forest has been developing throughout the years with the affects of climate change occurring throughout the world. Additionally, I will be able to gain knowledge on how to identify the different living organisms in the woods.
Posoh, McKaylee Duquain eneq aes-wesyan. The summer of 2014 I participated in the Ecological Data Collection Internship through the Sustainable Development Institute. In the past I have attended both the Menominee Indian High School and College of Menominee Nation simultaneously, thanks to the Youth Options program. Otherwise I currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am working towards my Bachelors Degree in Forest Sciences, and thus allowing little time to be spent at home here on the reservation where I have lived most of my life. This past spring I made the decision to spend the summer at home, but meanwhile wanted to do something else while I was here. This way I am able to continue on with my education, gain experience, meet new people and see family all at the same time. I know I have spent the last couple of years away from the reservation, but I want to eventually return and work here once I am done with my travels and seeing the world.
Jason Edler, Summer 2014 intern for ecological and phonological data. Hello, my name is Jason Edler. I have always had a big piece of my heart reserved for the outdoors and will be going into my third year as a student and the University of Wisconsin Madison. I have declared as a biology major and hope to be able to attend some form of grad school. When taking Sustainable Development at the College of Menominee Nation after high school hours as a teenager, I realized I desired to work towards a more sustainable world. Last year I was fortunate enough to be thrown into the Forest Ecology Summer Institute where I then recognized that I would hope to attain an internship at the College of Menominee Nation. I am extremely excited to learn and see what this summer has in store for me. I appreciate this opportunity and am eager to further my educational experience.
Greg Gauthier, Summer 2013 LFTL Forest Systems Cultural Services Intern: Posoh, my name is Gregory Gauthier; I was raised on the Menominee Reservation my entire life. I am currently interning with the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and State University of New York (SUNY) as the Forest Cultural Services intern. I am presently an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in Computer Sciences. Being raised by my grandparents and father, I have been able to learn some of the cultural aspects of the Menominee and also been able to share what I have learned with others. And yet I am still learning from them. My educational journey has brought me to many places, introduced me to many different fields of work, and also gave me the opportunity to meet variety of influential people. I know in my heart, I want to come back and help, not only my tribe, but with other communities around the world. I have the aspirations of a future leader. Learning and listening is the key to success, you never stop learning and listening
Brenda Miller, Summer 2013 LFTL Forest Systems Student Researcher: Hello my name is Brenda Miller. I am a sophomore at College of Menominee Nation and I am pursuing my Associates of Arts and Sciences degree in Sustainable Development. I am a Learning From The Land Forest Research intern at the Sustainable Development Institute. I am enjoying it very much and I’m learning a tremendous amount of valuable knowledge that will stay with me forever and help me obtain a successful career. I am learning of the many important aspects of forestry and critical techniques it takes to manage an immense forest, such as the Menominee forest. I have learned of the relevance between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge and the importance to combine the two to create a cutting edge and a completely different perspective on the forest ecosystems. I have also gained a numerous amount of other beneficial knowledge such as, how to identify plant species, the life histories of species worldwide, climate change and how it effects forest ecosystems, mitigation, fire management, how to cut down a tree, forest adaptation, invasive species and diseases, and among many others. My internship is very exciting because, I not only learn of the many important components of forestry, I go out into the forest and implement the aspects I have learned. Recently, my fellow interns and I have completed a two week forest restoration project on an oak wilt gap. We combined Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge to design a restoration plan where climate and disease adaptability and traditional plants and animals were all emphasized. The best part was our plan is the first of its kind in the region. We presented our silviculture prescription to our Forestry Department and they greatly approved of it. We are looking forward to our hard work being implemented in the near future and seeing our oak wilt gap successfully thriving in our desired future condition. It was a proud moment for all of us and I am very appreciative to have been chosen for this internship.
Sheldon Waupochick, Summer 2013 LFTL Forest Systems Student Researche: Sheldon Waupochick attends the College of Menominee Nation where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In his free time, Sheldon likes to hunt white-tailed deer in the fall; and catch bass or trout in the warmer seasons. In addition to hunting and fishing, Sheldon enjoys playing baseball or other active sports. After completing two full-time semesters at CMN and a Sustainable Development Internship, Sheldon will be starting his sophomore year in the fall of 2013. Sheldon has the chance to transfer to Haskell Indian Nations University in the fall which is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Very enlightened by the aspect of sustainability, Sheldon is ready to apply what he has learned so far through the rest of his educational journey.
Wanda Summers, Summer 2013 LFTL Forest Systems Student Researcher: Posoh, my name is Wanda Summers; I was born in Shawano, WI, in 1991. My childhood consisted of poison ivy, mosquito bites and tons of wood ticks. I wasn’t your typical dolled up little girl. I was in fact a short-haired and adventurous little girl, who was not shy of frogs, insects and other animals that I easily could catch with my hands. My stomping ground is the beautiful Menominee forest, where I am also an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe. I would like to thank my father for everything he has showed me and for encouraging my adventurous personality. Everything I know about Land of the Menominee, I learned from him. My intentions are to pass the knowledge I gain onto my children and encourage them to do the same. The Great Spirit has given me the wonderful gift of life and to be able to give life. I am here to make a difference and I intend on doing so with my college education and opportunities. I am enrolled at the College of Menominee Nation, where I am studying biological & physical sciences. My education goals are to finish up here at the college and go into the Marine Biology field, where I want to help endangered species. I am currently working with S.D.I as an LFTL intern and it is a great learning experience. I want to help sustain the earth to help maintain the culture and environmental significance for our future generations to come. I love the wonderful opportunities I am given and would like to thank everyone at S.D.I. “Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” –Christal Quintasket (1888-1936), Salish
Kenny Latender, Summer 2013 Climate Change Research Intern: Hello my name is Kenny LaTender I’m currently a student at the College of Menominee Nation where I will be attempting to earn an associate’s degree in Natural Resources. I have been working with the Sustainable development Institute as an intern focusing on climate change. I have enjoyed working in the institute because they are teaching me an abundant amount of information on the Natural resources that inhibit the region. I have learned about the new forming threats that are inhibiting the region cased by climate change. We have discussed the methods foresters are exploring to try and cease these threats for destroying the forests and other natural systems in their areas.
Melissa Wilber, Tribal Water Resources Intern: Posoh–taq-aes-wesyan Melissa Wilber. I am an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe and have been raised on and off the reservation throughout my life. I am currently finishing up my degree in Sustainable Development and transferring to University of Green Bay in the fall to finish with BA in Design Arts. I would like to use the knowledge I gain in sustainability and the skills I learn in my design arts program to create fun and interesting multimedia pieces to help the youth and my community gain a better understanding of environmental issues affecting people today and future generations to come.I am very honored and grateful to be an intern for the Sustainable Development Institute, serving as a Tribal Water Resources Intern this summer. I am collaborating with the UW-Extension system and SDI doing research regarding further engagement of tribal communities in MI, WI and MN planning water resource issues. I am excited and grateful for the College of Menominee for creating fun opportunities for students like me to develop a skill set for the future. Wae-wae-non
Miriam Waupoose, Summer 2014 MTP Forest Systems Cultural Services Intern: Miriam Waupoose is the Forest Systems Cultural Service intern at the College of Menominee Nation-Sustainable Development Institute. She is currently a sophomore at Madison College in Madison, WI. She is planning on transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to finish her bachelor’s degree in Forest Ecology. After that she plans to continue her education by getting an Environmental Law degree. She plans on going into these fields of study to help protect her land for future generations as her Menominee ancestors did for her people. In Miriam’s Forest Systems Cultural Service internship, she is going to use the knowledge she receives to help others understand the importance of the relationships that biological, physical, cultural, and social dynamics have with a forest system.
Brennan Waupoose, Summer 2013 MTP Ecological Data Collection Intern: Hi, my name is Brennan Waupoose. I am a Biological & Physical Science major at College of Menominee Nation. I am currently a member of a three person team of Ecological Data Collectors at the Sustainable Development Institute. Our team will be installing and surveying a 100 meter x 100 meter plot on the Menominee forest which will be used by the Smithsonian Institute to monitor forest productivity based on climate change.
I plan to transfer to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to finish a Bachelor’s in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology. I also plan to attend Graduate school to study Forest Ecology with hopes of returning to the Menominee Nation to continue the sustainable management of our forestland.
Sosaeh Connahvichnah, Summer 2013 MTP Ecological Data Collection Intern: My name is Sosaeh Connahvichnah and I am an enrolled Menominee. I lived on the reservation my whole life and do not plan on moving. I am currently attending Lawrence University in Appleton WI and will be starting my second year in August. I plan on obtaining a four year degree in biology and hope to come back to the reservation to work.
This summer I will be working for SDI under the internship title, Ecological Data Collection. For this internship we are outlining a plot in the forest. Within the plot we will be counting, measuring, and tagging all trees. We are doing this so we are able to see how the trees are growing. I am grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to learning a lot this summer.
Keith Ladwig, Summer 2013 MTP Ecological Data Collection Intern: Hello, my name is Keith Ladwig. I was raised near Gillett, WI my entire life. I interned at the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) as an Ecological Data Collection intern. This past spring I graduated from the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) with an Associate’s Degree in Natural Resources. This fall I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to get a Bachelor’s degree. Being raised in a rural area farm I learned from my parents to love the outdoors. While attending CMN I learned to respect the land and everything it may contain. I would like to be a manager of something someday. Whether its forestry, resources, or fish & wildlife I would like to manage something. Just to be helping in natural resources would be great.
Tashina Williams, Summer 2013 Marketing Research Assistant
POSOH Sustainability Education Assistants Summer 2013
Laundi Keepseagle – Education and Outreach Planner Fall 2012
Laundi was a valuable asset to the Sustainable Development Institute and co-organized a Sustainable Art and Eco-Fashion show. She also assisted with education initiatives and outreach projects.
Deidre Wolfe – Outreach Event Planner Fall 2012
Deidre Wolfe was a great SDI team member and co-coordinated the Sustainable Art and Eco-Fashion Show. She is a member of the Lac Courte Orellies Ojibwe Nation. Deidre has an associates’ degrees in pre-nursing and biological sciences from College of Menominee Nation (CMN) and is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in education. Her goals and intentions for her educational journey are to provide the best life I can for my family and to work for a Native American tribe. Her teaching goal is to help inspire Native American children to reach their full potentials and continue on into higher education. Deidre is also working to incorporate her love of sciences into teaching and open up children’s eyes to the possibilities, creativity, exploration and opportunities that science brings.