American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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The Leech Lake people are determined to preserve the wild rice beds. They are using both Western science and traditional knowledge to figure out how to save it for future generations.

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    Basic information gathered before a scientific study begins and used later to provide a comparison for assessing changes.

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    The “food” plants need in order to grow, including nitrogen and phosphorus. Too many nutrients can deprive water of oxygen, harming the things that live in it.

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    A group of toxic chemicals used in industry. Although their sale and new use was banned in the U.S. in 1979, earlier use continues to have harmful effects on environmental and human health.

  • pH?
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    An expression of the intensity of the basic or acid condition of a liquid. May range from 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 7 is neutral. Natural waters usually have a pH between 6.5 and 8.5.

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Explore: Science of Wild Rice

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True or false? It is difficult to judge the overall status of the wild rice crop.
True or false? It is easy for the Leech Lake Ojibwe to study wild rice, because there are only a few lakes on their reservation.
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What are Leech Lake scientists doing to study wild rice?
Monitoring the environment

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How are the people of this Native community working to repair the damage to the environment?

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