August 7-10, 2006
Watersmeet, MI

Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have significant populations of wild rice, or manoomin, as the Ojibwe Indians call it. Wild rice populations, however, have declined throughout much of the plant’s native range, due in large part to human impacts.

The wild rice restoration and preservation conference will bring together Native American communities, universities, community colleges, nonprofit groups, tribal and local governments, and federal and state agencies to share information and ultimately restore rice populations.

This joining together brings hopes that each person will share knowledge and take away new knowledge about wild rice. Topics will include identification, harvesting, restoration and management of abundant and threatened species of wild rice; wild rice processing; recipes; and culture and the role wild rice plays in Ojibwe spirituality.


Conference Collaborators  
  Bois Forte Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Environmental Leadership Program
Ferris State University
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Great Lakes Regional Water Program
Indigenous Environmental Network
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Menominee Indian Tribe
Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation and Repatriation Alliance
Michigan State University-Extension
Midwest Environmental Advocates, Inc.
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly
Northern Michigan University
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service
University of Minnesota-Extension
University of Wisconsin-Extension
White Earth Land Recovery Project
Wisconsin Wetlands Association


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