The “Rights of Manoomin”

Manoomin (wild rice) now has legal rights.  Both the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the 1855 Treaty Authority have passed laws recognizing the “Rights of Manoomin” and establishing the authority to enforce those rights.  The resolutions state that “it has become necessary to provide a legal basis to protect wild rice and fresh water resources as part of our primary treaty foods for future generations.”  

The law begins: “Manoomin, or wild rice, within all the Chippewa ceded territories, possesses inherent rights to exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve, as well as inherent rights to restoration, recovery and preservation.”

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