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CHRYSLER EMPLOYEES SOW WILD RICE

 CHRYSLER EMPLOYEES SOW WILD RICE
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation


(NYSE: C) is reintroducing to the Chelsea/Manchester area today a species that disappeared about a century ago ... wild rice.
 The rice is being used to develop replacement wetland at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds, located between the Michigan cities of Ann Arbor and Jackson. It is being supplied by the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, White Earth, Minn.
 "Wild rice was native to this area and was grown here for many years. It disappeared, as near as we can determine, in the 1890s. After much discussion, we decided to use a native plant. The only seed we could find was in Minnesota," said Sue Cischke, executive engineer- Proving Grounds Operations.
 The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, one of six reservations under the umbrella organization of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, brought 75 pounds of rice for planting in the new 7-acre wetland, which replaces a 4-acre area disturbed in 1989 when a new handling road was developed.
 Depth of the water in the new wetland ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet, and is bounded by ditches on three sides and a road on the fourth.
 Cischke said planning began for the use of wild rice in the replacement wetland in 1990 and the White Earth Reservation members were contacted in the winter of 1991.
 Research done by proving grounds employees indicated that native wild rice disappeared from the area in the late 1890s. Wild rice was placed on the state's endangered species list in 1970.
 Tribal members still hand-harvest the wild rice from reservation lakes each fall in the same manner as a century ago. The tribal council began selling the organic rice in late 1990. The rice is processed non- commercially by tribal members for sale. The processing is done near the reservation in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
 Lakes in the reservation are hand-planted by tribal members from canoes.
 Ducks, geese and hurons calling the proving grounds home are expected to benefit by the return of the formerly native plant.
 On another environmental front:
 Chrysler is a national winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator's Award for progress and innovation in pollution prevention design at its new Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
 The announcement was made by EPA Administrator William K. Reilly during Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C. Chrysler's win in the large business category is the first for an automotive company. Its entry was one of 35 finalists out of 840 total entries in the second annual awards competition.
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 /CONTACT: Barb Nelson of White Earth, 218-983-3285, Ext. 206; or Lee Sechler or Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation; White Earth Reservation Tribal Council ST: Michigan, Minnesota IN: AUT SU:


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