American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Future

The Leech Lake are confident that with good science and proper respect they can keep the wild rice coming back.

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    Lightweight handmade sticks Ojibwe people use to loosen, or “knock,” wild rice kernels from rice stems.

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    A plant with important meaning in traditional Ojibwe culture. Used for spiritual, religious, and ceremonial purposes.

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Explore: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Seal

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How are the Ojibwe using formal education to pass on knowledge about wild rice?
How will preserving wild rice help sustain the Leech Lake community?

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Why is it important for this community to educate its young people about this environmental issue?

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