30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkLast week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park's two-fold name has two roots. "Mille Lacs" is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning "1,000 lakes" in English.
Wander Minnesota: Wild RiceLast weekend (and the next two Saturdays, weather permitting), the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post offered demonstrations on traditional Native American techniques of processing wild rice. With the fall foliage just starting to break out around Lake Mille Lacs, this would be a fun day trip both for leaf-peeping and for visiting this well-curated museum and see the demonstration.
State Gives Chippewa Ricers A Free Pass For The DayWith a steady cadence of drumming setting the tone, Chippewa tribal members set off in canoes into a rich sea of wild rice. They’d gathered on the shores of Hole In The Day Lake, north of Brainerd, in an intended show of civil disobedience. What they wanted to show was the free harvest of native rice without a state required license.
DNR Moves To Defuse Chippewa Plan To Test Treaty RightsThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has moved to defuse a treaty rights challenge by issuing a group of Chippewa Indians a special permit to harvest wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake.
Chippewa Tribes To Challenge Rights To Off-Reservation RicingWild rice is, without question, the most culturally-important food to Minnesota's Native American people. Wild Rice that is growing on pristine northern lakes is now in season. It is an annual activity that can be harvested by anyone, assuming they purchase the $15-per-day or $25-per-season license.
Ojibwe Group To Harvest Wild Rice In Treaty Rights TestA group of Ojibwe Native Americans has put the Dayton administration on notice that it plans to harvest wild rice without state licenses later this month to try to assert rights they believe they hold under an 1855 treaty. They plan to gather wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Nisswa on Aug. 27 and are urging conservation officers not to issue citations or seize their wild rice or harvesting equipment.
Recipes From The 5th Annual Congressional Hotdish OffThe winner of the bunch, from Rep. Betty McCollum, was a turkey, sweet potato and wild rice concoction.
MPCA To Release New Approach For Protecting Wild Rice WatersThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is about to propose a new approach Tuesday for protecting waters that grow wild rice.
Push To Block Water Quality Standards That Protect Wild RiceA Minnesota House committee is considering a bill that would prevent the state from enforcing water quality standards designed to protect wild rice for at least two years.
NYT Admits 'Grape Salad' More Of A 'Regional' Dish, Not MinnesotanIt's a story as old as time itself. Coastal elites presume to know something about flyover country and miss the mark by a country mile. The New York Times' recent interactive feature "The United States of Thanksgiving" was deemed a turkey by Minnesotans when their state was represented by the not even remotely traditional dish of "grape salad."
Scientists To Review Wild Rice-Sulfate Research The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding a two-day meeting to review research on the effects of sulfates on wild rice. The St. Paul meeting Wednesday and Thursday is meant to provide scientific peer review for studies the MPCA commissioned as it prepares to decide whether the state's sulfate standard for waters that produce wild rice should stay the same or be changed.