CMN SDI, as an indigenous led research institution, is committed to working within our Menominee community to first expand our knowledge and understanding of sustainability, which includes climate resiliency; and, then to share what is learned with our global community, especially other Indigenous and Tribal Communities.
native climate resilience network
CMN SDI is participating with the AIHEC led Native Climate Resilience Network, which has facilitated the development and placement of Americorps VISTA climate volunteers within Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU's) and Tribal communities. The primary focus for our current Americorps VISTA volunteer, is to conduct re-evaluation of our climate resiliency work within the Menominee community. Part of this work is being addressed through our Menominee Language collaborative project, as well as participation in the Resilience Dialogues.
PLant Phenology indicators
Measuring the pulse of the forest
This integrated project focused on the development of a forest relationship cultural assessment and ecological data collection protocol to examine what relationships the Menominee have with our forest, the impacts from climate change, and how we might develop mitigation strategies for this work.
Our partners included the Smithsonian Institute, Michigan State University Native American Institute, and Menominee Tribal Enterprises with funding support from the USDA.
Traditional agricultural practices
The menominee path to climate resiliency is found within the language
Visualizing Forest Futures
This interdisciplinary research project will examine how human values and practices impact preferences about natural systems and influence the trade-offs made in decision making about forest resources and sustainability. This NSF sponsored project is a collaboration between College of Menominee Nation's Sustainable Development Institute, Penn State Unviersity and Portland State University.
Learn more by visiting the VIFF website. Link.