College SDI gets $798K grant

A grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students. The four-year grant of $798,199 will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Part of the funding will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program and bring new, multifaceted activities to help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science can interact, and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

Also, the project team will provide more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teaching teams, language and culture practitioners and College of Menominee Nation staff to develop science lessons using indigenous knowledge as the base.

The grant was announced by the office of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program.

Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort,” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

Information on the Sustainability Leadership Cohort, and other related efforts can be found at, or by contacting Christopher Caldwell, SDI director, at, 715-799-6226, ext. 3145.