Sustainability Leadership Cohort Attends WIEA Conference


The Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) season officially began with a trip to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s (WIEA) conference in Milwaukee the weekend of April 9th-April 12th, 2015. This was the first formal gathering of this summer’s cohort members. Along with staff from the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), the students headed south for what would be a weekend of learning, fun, networking, good food, and new experiences.

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The Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program (SLC) is led by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in collaboration with its POSOH partners. The Program is committed to respecting cultural values and encouraging holistic thinking. SLC will provide students the tools and skills to be innovative leaders and positive change agents for people and our planet. The SLC will provide a hands-on, non-lecture style environment that allows students to discover, question, explore, communicate, and Science/Math/Technology-related fields in an unconventional manner that promotes critical thinking and leadership skills.

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SDI’s Youth Speak Event Honors Young Talent

On the evening of Friday, December 5th, POSOH and SDI held the Youth Speak Event to honor the student members of the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) and other tribal youth groups. The Menominee high school theater was used for the event to create more of a movie premiere feeling. To start the evening off right, Andrew Warrington gave thanks for the meal with a prayer. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed food provided by Tsyunhehkwa of Oneida and Babcock Dairy Store at UW-Madison.

Then it was on to the theater for the night’s presentations. Sustainability Education Coordinator, Cherie Thunder, welcomed the audience and gave a short introduction to the SLC. Fawn Youngbear-Tibbetts, Indigenous Arts and Sciences Coordinator of Northern Wisconsin, spoke briefly on the Bad River Tribal Youth Media Project and The Chi Nations Youth Council, American Indian Center of Chicago. Reynaldo Morales communicated the importance of the use of media and technology in community-based action research projects. Justin Gauthier, UW-Madison student, spoke about how working with the students over the summer impacted him. There were a few technical difficulties early in the night, but once the problem was resolved, the show continued. Unfortunately we were unable to show the video Ms. Youngbear-Tibbetts introduced.

The SLC’s baby, “Food for Thought”, was a wonderful collaboration between students, CMN staff, and community members. The video focused on healthy eating and food preparation and was both educational and fun. Community members and CMN staff were took part, also, by sharing their knowledge and insight on traditional food and harvesting of the Menominee.  Afterwards, Cherie handed certificates out to the students for completion of the program and the students spoke about what they liked and what they learned from their time as SLC members.

Audience members were able to ask questions of the participants in a brief Q & A session before the night ended. When asked if they have maintained the choices they made in the film as far as eating healthy, for example, Mylia Olson said she has tried to eat healthier, drinks water, and has discussed eating healthy and what she learned with family and friends. Another question was about dissemination of what was learned through POSOH and the video. Lorenzo Warrington replied, “I think we should present in front of the Menominee Tribal Legislature, it seems once they know about it so will everyone else. We should present at events during school hours.” After watching the film, one student’s mom went out and bought a juicer. A clear indication of the positive impact the SLC and “Food for Thought” has made on people’s lives.

All in all, it was a successful presentation with rave reviews from the audience commenting just how much they enjoyed the show and thanking the students for their hard work and dedication. Dave Grignon, Director of Menominee Historic Preservation, said, “I hope this work continues and that students continue traditions mentioned in the show.” Chris Caldwell, Director of SDI, mentioned, “The last year of the POSOH grant is approaching, but SDI and UW-Madison Partners are making efforts to keep it going.” After witnessing the impact POSOH has on students, staff, and community, I think the outlook is promising.

The application for the SLC will be available online soon!


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We have a day for the presentation of the Youth TV Magazine “Food For Thought” to Menominee Community 12/05/14

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10/24/14 – We are all excited that we finally have a day for a community presentation of “Food for Thought” (Trailer: the first Youth Television Magazine made by Menominee High School students participants of our Sustainability Leadership Cohort and organized by POSOH Project and the College of Menominee Nation-Sustainable Development Institute this last Summer of 2014. This highly expected presentation will take place on December 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Menominee Nation Reservation (we will keep you posted on the exact location). As we did last year presenting the two documentaries made by the 2013 filmmaking workshop “Namao: The Ancient Storyteller” ( and “Work Hard, Play Hard” (, the Menominee community will host this important event to celebrate once again the student voices and accomplishments to reflect on the important educational issues of their communities.

The SDI High School Sustainability Leadership Cohort developed a model of action research to provide the theoretical and methodological foundation for educational filmmaking projects related to the student’s science learning process connected to central issues that the Menominee and Mohican Stockbridge-Munsee tribes as well as surrounding communities confront. So the unanimous voice from the students chose Sustainability and Food as the general themes for this first television magazine program. This significant endeavor constitute a milestone for a new generation of youth filmmakers that are already making the difference by taking the leadership to carry a local capacity as future environmental stewards for their own communities. We look forward to celebrate again the gathering of a new generation of young indigenous filmmakers! For more information contact the SDI Sustainability Education Coordinator and organizer of this event, Cherie Thunder, at (715)799-6226 x 3243 or