Menominee Nation College brings hope to tribe

The College of Menominee Nation is restoring hope to members of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin.

Founded in 1993 by Verna Fowler, a tribal member, the college sees about 500 students a year and has a budget of $10 million. Single mothers were the first to enroll but were soon followed by men. All come with one goal: to change their lives for the better.

"It has given us hope," Wendell Waukau, superintendent of the Menominee Indian School District, told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Offering associate degrees in business administration, pre-nursing, education and other subjects, the college has seen some rocky times. Most recently, the tribe allocated just $253,000 for the school, the lowest in its history.

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Learning as lifeline (The MIlwaukee Journal-Sentinel 4/8)

Relevant Links:
American Indian College Fund - http://collegefund.org
American Indian Higher Education Consortium - http://www.aihec.org
Tribal Colleges and Universities - http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whtc/edlite-index.html

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