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StarTribune: Minnesota tribe asks: Can wild rice have its own legal rights?
Traditional indigenous legal principles view nature and people as part of a whole. Today, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe is part of a growing movement to recognize these principles in modern law.
The Rights of Wild Rice
The Rights of Nature is growing. Now, a Chippewa tribe recognizes, in law, what they have known and respected for generations: manoomin has the right to exist and flourish.
Press Release: White Earth Band Enacts First-of-its-Kind Rights of Nature Law
CELDF assisted Honor the Earth to develop the first Rights of Nature law to protect a plant species, which was adopted by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.
News Release: Ohio Community Members File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
Communities from across Ohio file a federal lawsuit against local Boards of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State for multiple rights violations – including the right to vote.
Yes! Magazine: The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s Why
Winona LaDuke speaks to the White Earth band of Ojibwe passing a law formally recognizing the Rights of Manoomin, or wild rice, in December.
Cleveland.com: Toledoans to vote on Lake Erie Bill of Rights
“If there’s a problem to be treated, there’s a problem to be solved.” Toledoans take steps to solve the problem of contaminated water in Lake Erie on February 26th’s special election, with their Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
Lake Erie Bill of Rights!
Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) is on the February special elections ballot. Check out news coverage and the growing support for Toledo residents’ pioneering efforts to recognize the Lake’s rights.
Cleveland.com: The Ohio Supreme Court has rightly affirmed that Toledoans get to vote on a proposed Lake Erie Bill of Rights
Cleveland.com editorial board member cheers the Ohio Supreme Court’s recognition of Toledo residents’ right to vote on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights initiative in February.
Inforum: The Rights of Wild Rice
In December 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe recognized the “Rights of Manoomin,” or the rights of wild rice. CELDF assisted tribal members to draft this first Rights of Nature law for a specific plant species.
The Bayou Brief: Red Tides, Green Lakes, Dead Zones: How a Single City Ordinance Could Change It All
Communities geographically far apart share similar threats to their water from red tides and green algae blooms. They also share looking at Rights of Nature to protect themselves – and Toledo, Ohio, is leading the way.