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Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) is a tribal land-grant institution that houses a Sustainable Development Institute. CMN has established its research and extension mission based on the Menominee forest culture, the Menominee view of sustainable development, and their priority to assure access to safe and reliable food sources.

The theoretical model for the NIFA Sustainable Development Initiative is based on Menominee experience and is expressed as a process of human interaction with the natural environment through six distinct but inter-related dimensions:

  • The natural environment.
  • Land and sovereignty.
  • Economics.
  • Technology.
  • Institutions.
  • Human perception, activity, and behavior.

The Menominee research and extension interests are those that lie at the interface of any two or more dimensions of the model. CMN has developed curricula around understanding and implementing sustainable development and offers students an associate's degree or bachelor's degree (in combination with a four-year college or university) in sustainable development.

There are five required courses for students enrolled in the Sustainable Development Program. These include:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development.
  • Implementing Sustainable Development.
  • Physical Geography.
  • Introduction to Native American Cultures.
  • Geographical Information Systems.

The success of the Menominee sustainable development model of forest management is evidenced by its receiving the United Nations Award for Sustainable Development in 1995 and the United States Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in 1996.

For more information, contact Holly Young Bear-Tibbetts, SDI Dean.


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