Menominee Pilots Distance Education Class

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

Sustainable Development Institute's Theoretical Model

The College of the Menominee Nation has formed a team of research faculty to launch its pilot distance education class in Sustainable Development. The three credit course will offer eight, 6-hour modules via satellite next fall.  Each module will address one of the six dynamic and interactive forces that center upon Menominee Autochthony (Autochthony means community—plant, animal, or human– and its relationship to the land.) The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Building a Dream” initiative and the United States Department of Agriculture support the project.  The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) was organized by the leaders of the Menominee community because of the Menominee success in sustainable development of their forested lands. SDI disseminates that expertise and applies sustainable practices to other economic and community activity.

The Sustainable Development Institute helps develop the College of the Menominee Nation’s Associate of Science Degree in Sustainable Development and related technical degree programs in timber harvesting. In addition to the distance education course next fall, the college will be offering SDE 100 this spring on campus. Taught by Dr. Erik Melchiorre, it is the first class in the Sustainable Development Emphasis degree.  SDE 100 introduces the six main components of sustainable development and their interrelationship. The course will include field trips to see sustainable forestry on Menominee lands and the solar/wind energy demonstration centers in Neenah, Wis. A student term project will involve designing passive solar technology for a single family home, based upon available solar data for Keshena, Wis., or site evaluation for wind powered electrical generation.

As part of a land grant college, the Menominee institute also provides workshops, community education programs, and demonstration projects, such as studying the local Wolf River watershed and analyzing water quality for private home wells. The SDI will publish a quarterly newsletter thanks to a grant from the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service. Contact Dr. Holly YoungBear-Tibbetts, Dean of Outreach and Sustainable Development, at (715) 799-5600 e-mail

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