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Wild rice brought the Anishinaabe people to the Great Lakes. Now they are trying to restore it

Oct 03, 2023 07:09AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Bay Mills Indian Community wild rice seeding

Sheri McWhirter - MLive News - October 3, 2023

Wild rice soaked in lake water smells pungent, especially hundreds of pounds of it.

The odor is so earthy it’s almost muddy, even a bit reminiscent of barnyard manure.

Yet that smell was no matter to the Bay Mills Indian Community’s Biological Services workers and volunteers who spent two consecutive mornings in mid-September slinging handfuls of the rice into either Spectacle Lake on the tribe’s reservation, or into Waishkey Bay on Lake Superior.

To read the full story, visit the MLive News site here.