College of Menominee Nation
PO Box 1179
Keshena, WI 54135
With a population of primarily low-income students, the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) resists the concept of adding the burden of student debt and so prohibits student loans. Instead, CMN supports its students with scholarships, grants and grant-supported internships. We invite you to consider a gift that is either unrestricted or in support of scholarships.Donate Now
Mission and Values
The College of Menominee Nation’s is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide opportunities in higher education to its students. As an institution of higher learning chartered by the Menominee People, the College infuses this education with American Indian culture, preparing students for leadership, careers and advanced studies in a multicultural world. As a Land Grant institution, the College is committed to research, promoting, perpetuating and nurturing American Indian culture, and providing outreach workshops and community service.
The institutional vision is to serve as a center for lifelong learning, providing exemplary academic preparation and research.
“Posoh, my name is Justin and I am a proud alumnus of the College of Menominee Nation. I attained two Associate degrees – Liberal Studies – Humanities and Sustainable Development – upon graduating in 2011. Thanks to my experience at the College of Menominee Nation and a passion for education, I’ve been driven to pursue my Bachelor’s of Letters and Science in English – Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“As a student I found the environment and culture of the College of Menominee Nation to be fully supportive, both personally and professionally. During my tenure at the College I made meaningful friendships and experienced a wide array of academic challenges from many talented, dedicated educators.
“As an enrolled Menominee tribal member, I hold a tremendous amount of pride for the revered institution the College of Menominee Nation has become in the short time it has been a part of the tribe’s community. My experiences at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) conferences representing the College gave me a different perspective on how our tribal college is perceived in Indian country and beyond. We have so much to be proud of as students, faculty, administrators, alumni, friends, and family of the College of Menominee Nation.
“Thanks to my time as a student at CMN and the professional development I experienced as an intern with the Sustainable Development Institute, I was prepared and set up for success in my transition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”
Sabrina is a direct descendant of the Menominee tribe and a 2012 Nursing graduate of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN).
Her educational journey in higher education began in 2009 when, as a mother of four, she found herself without a job. She decided to use the time of transition in her life to find a new direction and enrolled at the College located on the Menominee Reservation. Sabrina says that CMN taught her that with each struggle comes a greater sense of accomplishment, and that the honest and compassionate support she received from faculty and staff made all of the difference in her ability to persist through to graduation.
Sabrina mentions one bit of advice in particular. It came from CMN Nursing instructor Jean Swift, who said in response to a question, “Sabrina, think about what you are asking. Do you really think I am just going to give you the answer? No, I am not. This is where learning begins. You need to answer the question after you think about it.” Sabrina says this comment continues to make her think and question, and be a critical thinker.
Today, Sabrina is working as a registered nurse, putting into practice the trans-cultural nursing skills learned at CMN. With the encouragement of her husband and children, she will be continuing her educational journey as she enrolls in a Master’s Degree program. Wherever her future takes her, Sabrina says, she is truly honored to be an alumna of CMN’s Nursing program.
Each semester, the College of Menominee Nation makes a difference in the lives of several hundred American Indian students. In a world where many who begin higher education drop out and less than 15% of American Indians have attained a Bachelor’s Degree, the College takes its role very seriously.
As an accredited baccalaureate-level institution, CMN enrolls 600 to 700 students each semester. They attend classes on the College’s rural campus in Keshena, Wisconsin, near the forestlands of the Menominee Reservation, or at its urban campus in metropolitan Green Bay near lands of the Oneida Nation.
With a curriculum and campus life infused with traditional wisdom, Native students find bridges to the Western knowledge that is the standard in higher education and avoid the cultural shock that ends college careers for many. Assured of the relevance of their tribal knowledge and experience, those who continue at CMN are proud advocates for sustainable development and other tribal values. Those who transfer say they are better prepared for the rigor of higher learning in a mainstream institution.
The College is committed to the idea that education is the best anti-poverty program known and acts on that belief. Chartered in 1993 by the Menominee People, its primary mission was to aid in rebuilding the once-vital economic and social structure on the reservation. From a self-sustaining and cohesive reservation community, the Menominee infrastructure was dismantled for the nearly two decades between the Federal Termination Act of 1954 and Restoration Act of 1973.
Step by step, the Menominee have worked to reverse the diaspora, regain the industry, social services, governance and cultural life that were destroyed or diminished, and overcome the generational poverty left in Termination’s wake. Creating a college was among those steps.
Student by student, CMN prepares students with technical skills and academic degrees in fields relevant for rebuilding: Public and Business Administration, Sustainable Development and STEM and humanities programs. Learning in all programs is geared to those who will work in or with sovereign nations. A pan-cultural approach is provided in teacher education and nursing fields to address special needs of Native students and patients.