The Manoomin Project is restoring wild rice (known to Native Americans as Manoomin) to northern Michigan thru the hands of at-risk teenagers with help from American Indian guides. Over 100 teens have planted more than one ton of wild rice seeds during the past four summers thanks to guides from several Native American communities and other volunteers including from Marquette County Juvenile Court.
The wild rice project was founded by the Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, Michigan and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to help the teenagers learn respect for themselves, nature and American Indian heritage.The teens can also learn about faith and are taught social issues like racism against Native American.
This project and the Manoomin itself is being threatened by a proposed copper mine which will poison the waters and make the rice unsustainable.
Read more at Protect our Manoomin