Institute at the College of Menominee Nation
The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) is
a tribal land-grant institution that houses
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
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.
- 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
There are five required courses for students
enrolled in the Sustainable Development Program.
- 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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