Menominee Initiates 2 New ProgramsNov 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News
Building on a century and a half of Menominee expertise in forest management, the College of the Menominee Nation (Keshena, Wis.) is continuing to develop its Sustainable Development Institute. Two new academic initiatives will extend the Menominee sustainable forestry approach beyond the borders of the reservation. Both initiatives offer associate degrees. The mastery and technical associate degree program is a three-tiered training program focusing on timber harvesting. The first round of courses will be offered this spring.
An associate of arts and sciences degree in sustainable development has been developed using a theoretical model based on the eight millennia of Menominee occupancy of the Great Lakes forests. The model promotes sustainability as a multi-dimensional process with six distinct but inter-related areas: land and sovereignty, economics, technology, environment, institutions, and human perceptions and activity. Students enrolling in this degree program will take core courses in each of the six areas and work on a faculty-mentored research project aimed at implementing sustainable development.
Support for both of these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Research, Education, and Extension Service Division and the Menominee Nation. (For more information, see Tribal College Journal, Fall 1996.)