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Some rice chiefs of the Sokaogon band of Ojibwa Native Americans are trying to keep alive the traditions of the centuries-old wild rice harvest. "We're following people who have passed on," said Roger McGeshick. "We're hoping to keep it alive. It seems it's a lost art." They may be fighting an uphill battle. Today, fewer are willing to devote the time and labor to gathering and processing it in the rivers and shallow lakes of Wisconsin, Minnesota and southern Canada. Half the wild rice has disappeared over the past century while cheap wild rice from domesticated varieties flood the market. Researchers today are decoding the wild rice genome, raising fears among some Ojibwa that genetically engineered rice could someday contaminate their lakes.
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Title Annotation:Stateline; wild rice harvest by Native American communities
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:100NA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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