After decades of leaving wild rice management to Native American tribes, state officials in Michigan formed the Wild Rice Initiative to track how wild rice issues intersect with some government agencies. The Michigan Wild Rice Initiative (MWRI) is a collaboration of the State of Michigan and the twelve federally recognized tribes within Michigan.
Manoomin is an important foodsource and cultural touchpoint for the Anishnaabe people. Manoomin translates to “the good berry” in Ojibwe. Wherever possible, Ojibwe communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan have retained their connections to this important plant, and many continue to cultivate and harvest manoomin each year. In recent years, tribal groups and partners have worked to bolster wild rice populations so future generations can continue harvesting and enjoying this important natural and cultural resource.
In this session you will learn about the MWRI, its background, coordination, what initiated its formation, who’s involved, the goals, objectives, subcommittees, and what you can do to help.