Friday, November 23, 2012

University of Minnesota-Duluth to host Forum on Wild Rice and Mining Nov. 26

DULUTH, MINN. -- A Forum on Wild Rice and Mining (Manoomin Miinawaa Miskwaabikakewin Maawandwewenge) will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the Rafters Room of the Kirby Student Center at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

The forum will focus on issues of wild rice and sulfide mining in Minnesota in relation to culture, economics, legislation, and treaty rights. Presenters include professional and tribal experts from various fields and rice harvesters who will speak on the importance of wild rice to the Anishinaabe people and the environment. Speakers from Michigan and Wisconsin will provide an overview of mining on Anishinaabe lands in Lake Superior. The forum is free and open to the public.

Protect Our Manoomin is an Anishinaabe grassroots organization that provides education and outreach on issues of wild rice and the effects of mining in Minnesota.

The forum is sponsored by Protect Our Manoomin and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG). To learn more about Protect Our Manoomin, visit their Web site.

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