Grant Title: Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort

Award Number: S299A170076

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students.

The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort.  Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how indigenous ecological knowledge and western science can interact and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

Project Title: Menominee Agricultural Practices, Historical Perceptions and Late Prehistoric Reality

Award Number: 2017-38424-27080

Funding for the “Menominee Agricultural Practices, Historical Perceptions and Late Prehistoric Reality” project is through the Tribal Colleges Research Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The $219,000 grant will help concentrate attention on ancient agricultural methods of the Menominee People and perceptions about the historic life and practices of the tribe.

Over the next two years, research topics will include Menominee raised-bed technology, late prehistoric agricultural villages and the historical characterizations of Native American agriculture. Undergraduate and high school researchers will learn about archaeological methods and techniques as they research Menominee agricultural practices. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, and at UW-Madison.