Spheres of Influence: Research

The Sustainable Development Institute pursues an applied research agenda that is heavily informed by the needs of the College of Menominee Nation and its surrounding community. SDI works closely with CMN faculty and practitioners in sustainability fields to develop this agenda and re-convenes them every five years to ensure that SDI’s research goals remain salient to the communities it serves.

The Menominee Theoretical Model of Sustainability is SDI’s main investigative tool, utilizing the many intersectional skillsets, perspectives and ways of knowing necessary to envisioning a sustainable future. 

Sustainable Agriculture

At CMN we are addressing the interrelated food sovereignty issues via research, extension, and education.


Phenology is the science of the synchronization or timing of various natural events both in the plant and animal world as they correspond either to the various seasons or certain times of the year.