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Sacred Little OnesThe College of Menominee Nation’s Sacred Little Ones project will develop an early childhood instruction model to enable Menominee children to gain academic skills, motivation, support, and confidence necessary to succeed in elementary education. CMN will research the academic achievement of participating children to validate the program results.

The program is being developed within existing infrastructure for program sustainability. The CMN project has begun to build on CMN’s long-term robust partnerships and existing infrastructures with the Menominee Nation’ early childhood education institutions, Menominee Indian Head Start, Menominee Tribal School and Keshena Primary School at Menominee Indian School District. These partnerships during the four years of the project will create a sound path for program implementation and sustainability.

CMN is uniquely positioned to provide direction to our Menominee Nation on Early Childhood Education practices because of our offering both an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree with state of Wisconsin Teacher licensure in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education. Read more about our project



SLO and CMN Help Students Create the Gift of Reading

Dr. Candy Waukau-Villagomez, Kase Kase Se Kaw "Time Just Before Dawn" (member of the Menominee Tribe) College of Menominee Nation Early Childhood/Elementary Education instructor recently reflected on her craft and her innovative Sacred Little One’s literacy project. Read more

Menominee History and Language

Special Collections is an archive and rare materials repository that contains non-circulating materials about the Menominee Indian Tribe and other Native peoples of Wisconsin. Materials cover topics that include culture, history, language, treaties, and government. Special Collections holds rare books, maps, microfilm, art, recordings, and more. You can find information on their website as well as the physical location in the lower level of the College of Menominee Nation Library.


Our project is supported by a grant awarded to College of Menominee Nation by the American Indian College Fund’s “Wakanyeja ‘Sacred Little Ones’ – Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade Initiative.” The Wakanyeja project is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Grant # P3015070).