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Manoomin: Michigan's Native Grain

House Hearing for HB 4852 to designate Manoomin as the State Native Grain, 9/12/2023

on Nov. 8, 2023 this bill passed the House and referred to Senate Committee on Local Govt. on Nov. 9

House Reps who voted against the bill: Beeler, Greene, Maddock, Rigas, Beson, Harris, Martin, Schuette, Cavity, Hadley, Meerman, Slaugh,  DeBoyer, Johnson, Posthumus, Smit, Fink, Lightner, Prestin, St Germaine, Friske

There is no sound for the first 20 seconds.
00:27  Rep Rheingans introduces HB 4852 which is followed by testimony from:
03:22  Nichole Biber, Treasurer of The Anishinaabek Caucus of the MDP, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
09:45  Nat Spurr, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
31:10  Barbara Barton, Endangered species biologist and author of "The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan"
40:40  Roger LaBine, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa


Michigan Manoomin (Wild Rice) is as historically synonymous with Anishinaabek culture in the Great Lakes region as wigwams or the oral tradition. 


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