Recognizing the Rights of Wild Rice at the Forest History Center

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Release dated: 
January 12, 2023
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Recognizing the Rights of Wild Rice at the Forest History Center

A discussion about the past, present, and future of food sovereignty in Minnesota

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn (January 12, 2023) – The Forest History Center welcomes visitors to learn how wild rice has shaped forest history for Native American people in northern Minnesota and why protecting natural resources remains a top priority on tribal lands.

The Recognizing the Rights of Wild Rice lecture on January 21 features Tribal Attorney Frank Bibeau sharing the story of the Anishinaabe people who, according to oral tradition, migrated west to the Great Lakes region in search of where food grows on the water. He will also highlight his work promoting food sovereignty and sustainability.

An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bibeau serves as executive director for the 1855 Treaty Authority. Along with his professional experience, he also processes wild rice and smokes white fish in Ball Club, MN.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 1–3 pm
Forest History Center 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Free with regular site admission

This event is part of the Forest History Center’s 2023 winter lecture series, which features guest speakers at the site twice monthly through April. More information is available at

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