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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Video, 15 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan & Fox/Wolf Watershed (CESA 6, 7, 8)

College of Menominee Nation's Sustainable Development Institute Builds Capacity for Tribal Climate Change Adaptation

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  • This article and video explores how the Menominee tribe thinks about sustainability, the efforts by the tribe's college to address climate change through collaboration, and the perspectives of tribal members who have witnessed climate changes in their own area.
  • Students will learn about the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) that was founded at the College of Menominee, the sustainability model created by that institute, collaborations between SDI and other institutions like the U.S. Forest Service, and the changing water levels within Menominee Nation.
Teaching Tips


  • The article is thorough and well-organized.
  • The SDI's sustainability model is holistic and thought-provoking.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what sustainability is and why it's important. 
  • For the video, students should know the following terms: assimilation, colonialism, and cultural genocide.


  • This resource could supplement a lesson on how the American government's treatment of Native Americans has impacted their lives, cultures, and lands.
  • The article could augment a classroom discussion about the College of Menominee's effectiveness at addressing climate change. 
  • The video could support a classroom discussion about the differences between Native American cultures and mainstream American culture.
  • This resource could enhance a classroom discussion on how climate change will impact marginalized groups around the world.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit shares the work being done by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) to forge a path to sustainability. At the top of the page, a video from 2010 is featured that has interviews with tribal members sharing their experience with climate change, its impacts, and work being done by the tribe. The resource describes how SDI leverages Indigenous knowledge and modern research methods to build relationships and further sustainable development. Several SDI-led projects are discussed and links are provided in the additional resources sidebar for further research. This resource provides a great synopsis to the work of SDI and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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