The Rights of Nature continues to grow as the White Earth Band of Ojibwe adopted the Rights of Manoomin, or wild rice, law in December 2018. White Earth is part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
This is the first law to recognize the rights of a plant species.
CELDF assisted Honor the Earth, an indigenous-led environmental advocacy group, in the development of the law.
Manoomin is a sacred plant to tribal nations, providing physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance. Tribal nations are working to protect manoomin from polluted water sources and global warming.
legal rights of manoomin
The law begins: “Manoomin, or wild rice, within all the Chippewa ceded territories, possesses inherent rights to exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve, as well as inherent rights to restoration, recovery, and preservation.”
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Featured image: Wild Rice Cornucopia by Brett Whaley, Flickr Creative Commons