Manoomin (Wild Rice) Restoration
Roger Labine, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
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About the Presentation
The presentation will begin with sharing the Migration Story, which will give you background into the sacredness of the Manoomin resource. Roger will then discuss the Lake Superior Manoomin Cultural and Ecosystem Characterization Study, which is a study of the western end of the Lake Superior watershed. He will discuss the metrics used to do the study. He will follow up with discussion of the Lake Lac Vieux Desert Case Study, and a brief discussion on the current activities of the Lac Vieux Desert restoration program. Finally, he will share the traditional processing method of Manoomin. Please check out a short video of the traditional processing method of Manoomin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOh7w3F-HmI
About the Presenter
Roger Labine is an enrolled member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Roger is a water resource technician in the tribe’s environmental department, with responsibilities including Manoomin restoration for the tribe’s ceded territory and water quality monitoring. He was inspired by his mentor and uncle who had a vision of Manoomin returning to the traditional lands, and has over 38 years of experience. Roger is the current tribal delegate on the Michigan Wild Rice Initiative, and he co-chairs the Native Wild Rice Coalition. He was the recipient of the 2019 Michigan Heritage Award presented by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program in statewide partnership with the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the State of Michigan. He enjoys visiting tribal communities, schools, and colleges, and conducts wild rice camps to share the cultural, spiritual, ceremonial, and traditional importance of Manoomin. His personal goals focus on conservation, protection, restoration, and management of the limited resources in Michigan for present and future generations.
About the Series
The Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee hosts monthly Webinars in an effort to bring restoration practitioners from across the country together to present and discuss the innovations aimed at improving the quality of ecological restoration data. Presentations are approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by open discussion.
About the Committee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Great Lakes National Program Office established this Committee (including federal agencies, contractors, and ecological restoration practitioners) in June 2012 to share and develop quality practices that facilitate collection of reliable data for ecological restoration projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Webinar series supports this collaborative effort; please join us! Contact Lou Blume (USEPA Quality Manager) for more details.