Menomini yoU, Inc., is a 501c3 community grassroots organization. The mission of Menomini yoU is simple. We exist to dedicate our time, effort, and energy to the revitalization and renormalization of our Menomini language and lifeways. We carry out our mission through a series of strategic actions designed to develop the additional community infrastructure needed to support long-term revitalization and normalization.
Omāēqnomenēw-wēqnaesen (the Menomini language) is a distinct Algonquin language that has been utilized by our Menomini people for thousands of years to understand and interact with the world around us, and express our ideas, thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and emotions. Over the last century and a half our unique language, lifeways and identity were purposefully targeted for eradication by foreign government and religious institutions. Boarding schools specifically served the purpose of placing indigenous children in an English immersion environment that resulted in the forced indoctrination of the foreign language and associated western world views.