Manoomin: Michigan's Native Grain
Please reach out to the committee lead, Nat Spurr, to offer your help working to name Manoomin as Michigan's Native Grain. This should be an easy, non-partisan accomplishment but it has still not be done.
Michigan Manoomin (Wild Rice) is as historically synonymous with Anishinaabek culture in the Great Lakes region as wigwams or the oral tradition.
SB 802 - "Manoomin (Zizania palustris and Zizania aquatica), also known as Michigan wild rice, is designated as the official native grain of this state. Let it be known that Manoomin is a sacred and important component to many wetlands and has a cultural significance to the indigenous people of this state."
HB 6323 - designate Manoomin as the official Native Grain of Michigan
Great Lakes Marsh and Inland Emergent Wetlands - mention of wild rice as ecologically important
Status of the fisheries in the Michigan waters of the Lake Erie and Lake St Clair - implied inportance of wild rice to normal fisheries
Conveners of Responsibilites, Kyle Powys Whyte, PhD
Advocates hope White Earth wild rice case will boost 'rights of nature', 9/1/21
Enbridge’s Line 3 Is Putting Wild Rice at Risk—and Indigenous Water Protectors Are Taking a Stand, 3/18/21
Line 3 Impact on Wild Rice Fields in Northern Minnesota, 3/3/21
The True Story of Wild Rice, North America’s Most Misunderstood Grain, 8/6/19
Manoomin: Michigan’s spiritual wild rice, Barbara Barton, 7/12/18
Native Wild Rice Coalition (organizes Manoomin camps)
Wild Rice in Michigan, Barbara Barton, Roger LaBine
Restoring and Monitoring Lake Superior Coastal Wetland Manoomin
Manoomin The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, Barbara Barton
The effects of the Kalamazoo River disaster