Nibi and Manoomin Bridging Worldviews Committee

Nibi Manoomin Symposium, 2015

Oshki-mikanensan Ji-wiidanokindiyang Weweni Niigaan Akeyan (New Pathways for a Shared Future)

(Hosted by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the University of Minnesota)

This is the fourth biennial symposium on protecting wild rice and water. It is co-hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (earlier hosts included the White Earth Nation). 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

Monday, Sept.28 - Tuesday, Sept. 29 
Grand Casino Mille Lacs 
Presentations and breakout sessions will include:
1) Memorandum of Understanding: University research/wild rice/ GMO
2) Women and Water: Anishinaabe Perspectives
3) Water Center(s): Indigenous Knowledge and Research
4) Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Technical Discussion on Sulfate Standards 

Memorandum of Understanding Working Group Meetings

At the 2013 Nibi and Manoomin Symposium, held at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, we broke into working groups to address key issues that impact manoomin and water.  The Nibi and Manoomin Bridging Worldviews Committee hosted two meetings that focused on issues raised during the small group sessions where we considered designing an agreement representing the interests of Tribes and the University of Minnesota on how research should be conducted, tribes consulted, and what research can be considered appropriate when it involves wild rice. Click the link below to read the key ideas that came out of these meetings.

PDF iconMOU meetings - key ideas.pdf

Nibi and Manoomin: Building Lasting Relationships Symposium, 2013

(Hosted by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the University of Minnesota)

Thank you to everyone who presented and participated in the 2013 Nibi and Manoomin: Building Lasting Relationships Symposium, held on September 25-27, at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs, in Onamia, MN.

“Nibi and Manoomin: Building Lasting Relationships” was the third in a series of gatherings designed to exchange teachings between Anishinaabe and Western scientific cultural worldviews. These symposia bring researchers from the University together with tribal elders, leadership, and community members from across northern Minnesota to share knowledge about manoomin, build understanding, strengthen relationships, and cultivate good will between traditional knowledge bearers and scientists. The 2013 symposium, “Nibi and Manoomin: Building Lasting Relationships,” offered another occasion to exchange teachings between Western and Anishinaabe cultural views.

Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium, 2011

 (Hosted by the White Earth Tribal Council and the University of Minnesota) *Directed/Edited by Teresa Konechne/Working Hands Productions 2011

This symposium built on work that began two years ago between tribal communities and the University of Minnesota. The first symposium (2009) brought researchers from the University together with tribal elders from across northern Minnesota. It offered an opportunity to share knowledge about manoomin and build a better understanding between native knowledge holders and University researchers on wild rice in a good way. That initial gathering was very powerful and long overdue. One outcome of the symposium was a request by tribal members in attendance for more opportunities to share stories, research, and learning and build trust so that wild rice is appreciated as a sacred gift from the creator by us all--this second symposium honored that request. Another outcome of the initial meeting was to draft a wild rice white paper. This paper would identify issues where University and tribal interests could begin to engage in meaningful dialogue on wild rice research conducted at the University and offer recommendations for action. The document was completed and has been presented to the University.