2015 Nibi and Manoomin Symposium: New Pathways to a Shared Future

September 28-29, 2015 Grand Casino, Onamia, MN

This is the fourth biennial Nibi and Manoomin (water and wild rice) Symposium. It is co-hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa (earlier hosts included the White Earth Nation).
The theme for the symposium this year is:  "New Pathways for a Shared Future" (Oshki-mikanensan Ji-wiidanokindiyang Weweni Niigaan Akeyan).

These symposia offer an important opportunity for the university and Anishinaabe communities to learn about their shared concerns and responsibilities impacting wild rice and water. It offers time for University researchers and personnel to better understand native perspectives on water and wild rice, an opportunity for the university to present on research involving wild rice and time for building connections that may result in collaborations between tribal and university partners.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, Septmeber 27th
6:00-9:00 Registration table opens in the Foyer
7:00-9:00 Pre-symposium workshop Bear/Wolf/Bullhead
Monday, September 28
7:00-8:00 Registration – Foyer
7:00-7:45 Breakfast –Autumn Room

8:00-9:00 Invocation, Drum, Water Ceremony – Spring/Summer Room
Byron Ninham- Niigaan program, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Timber Trails- Mille Lacs, Band of Ojibwe
Dorene Day-Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
9:00-9:30 Setting the Stage: Building Relationships – Jill Doerfler, American Indian Studies,
UMN Duluth
9:30-10:30 Welcome
Carolyn Beaulieu, Secretary Treasurer, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Dr. Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Dr. Katrice Albert, VP Office for Equity and Diversity, UMN
Dr. Allen Levine, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, UMN
Dr. Brian Buhr, CFANS Dean (Interim), UMN
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Manoomin: ongoing risks, restoration & water quality
Lisa David, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Kelly Applegate: Wildlife/ Fisheries biologist, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Roger LaBine: Environmental and Planning Department: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake
Superior Band of Chippewa
Dale Green: 1855 Treaty Authority: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Protecting Wild Rice from Excess Sulfate – MPCA’s Proposed Approach
Katrina Kessler, P.E. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2:15-3:00 University’s Research History involving Wild Rice -Dr. Alex Kahler
3:00-3:30 Break snack
3:30-4:45 Hawaiian Presentation – Taro: A Sacred Food
(Uncle) Jerry Konanui - Native Hawaiian Mahi’ai
Carl Lovell Imaikalani Evensen, Ph.D. – Interim Director Lyon Arboretum
4:45-5:15 Break and transport off-site for dinner- The Community Center is within walking distance across the street from the casino. There will also be shuttles available.
5:30-6:30 Dinner – District 1 Community Center
Tuesday, September 29
7:00-8 00 Registration
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Invocation – Drum
Melissa Boyd- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Timber Trails- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
8:30-9:15 Respect, Reciprocity and Reconciliation in Cooperative Partnerships
Dr. Kyle Whyte- Michigan State University
9:15-10:30 Traditional Knowledge Panel
Dorothy Sam- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Brenda Moose- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Henry Sam- Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Joe Nayquonabe- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
10:30- 11:00 Break and snack
11:00-12:30 Lummi Model of Cultural Reclamation
Sharon Kinley- Dean of Indigenous Education, NW Indian College
Tom Sampson- Tsartlip First Nation, NW Indian College Elder Consultant
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Working Group breakouts--report back/discussion
1) Memorandum of Understanding: Agreement University research/wild rice/ GMO
2) Women and Water: Anishinaabe Perspectives
3) Water Center(s): Indigenous Knowledge and Research
4) MPCA Technical Discussion of the Proposed Sulfate Standard to Protect Wild Rice
3:45-4:15 Building Respectful Collaborations – Dr. Kyle Whyte –Winter Room
4:15-5:00 Water Ceremony- Dorene Day-Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
5:00-5:30 Round Dance- Timber Trails- Mille Lacs, Band of Ojibwe
5:30 End. Pick up to-go box dinners.

"New Pathways for a Shared Future"