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Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium


This symposium builds on work begun two years ago between tribal communities and the University of Minnesota. The first symposium (2009) brought researchers from the University together with tribal elders from across northern Minnesota. It offered an opportunity to share knowledge about manoomin and build a better understanding between native knowledge holders and University researchers on wild rice in a good way.

That initial gathering was very powerful and long overdue. One outcome of the symposium was a request by tribal members in attendance for more opportunities to share stories, research, and learning and build trust so that wild rice is appreciated as a sacred gift from the creator by us all--this second symposium honors that request. Another outcome of the initial meeting was to draft a wild rice white paper. This paper would identify issues where University and tribal interests could begin to engage in meaningful dialogue on wild rice research conducted at the University and offer recommendations for action. The document was completed and will be presented to the University.

This current symposium, “Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews,” provides another occasion to exchange teachings between Western and Anishinaabe cultural views. In addition to manoomin, we will include sessions on water (nibi) at this symposium. Water and manoomin belong together.

CEU's Available for Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium

Registration Is Open

August 22-24, 2011

Shooting Star Hotel & Event Center, Mahnomen, MN


Blocked Room Rate $54.95

Mention White Earth Wild Rice Symposium

White Earth Tribal and Community College will be offering 2 CEU's for the Nibi and Manoomin Symposium.

Cost will be $10. For more information, please contact Pamela Standing at 218-847-9554 or email

2011 Nibi & Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium

This conference is free to all tribal community members and tribal entities.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Agenda Outline


Opening Blessing

Briding Worldviews Presentation

The Draft White Paper Presentation & Overview

Wild Rice Camp


Opening Blessing

Anishinaabe Lifeways & Worldview Presentations

Natural Resource Youth Project Presentations

Anishinaabe Treaties Presentations

Manoomin: Risks and Research Presentations

Treaty Talking Circles

The Ojibwe People's Talking Dictionary - featuring Manoomin


Opening Blessing - Water Ceremony

Nibi: Risks and Research Presentations

Nibi & Manoomin Talking Circles

Talking Circle participants will work together to generate ideas on moving towards implementation of the White Paper recommendations, topics for the upcoming 2012 MN Tribal Water Summit and a tribally operated Nibi Center and what that would mean to tribal communities.


White Earth

Pamela Standing



Joe LaGarde

218-983-3285 ext. 5905

University of Minnesota

Craig Hassel


Karl Lorenz


Preliminary Agenda


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