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Manoomin Project: Faith in wild teens and wild rice

A northern Michigan pastor is teaming at-risk teenagers with American Indian guides to restores the state's once abundant wild rice crop.

Over 100 teens have planted more than one ton of wild rice seeds during the past four summers thanks to guides from several Native American communities and other volunteers including from Marquette County Juvenile Court.

The wild rice project was founded by the Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, Michigan and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to help the teenagers learn respect for themselves, nature and American Indian heritage.

The teens have the opportunity to learn about faith, God and the Bible but religion is not forced upon the youths.

The teens are taught social issues like racism against Native American.

Normally held in September, the fourth planting was delayed until November 2007 due to lo water levels in Wisconsin where the seeds are purchased.

Manoomin Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has the story.
Time: 10:00
News From Indian Country article:
NFIC story picked up by Pow Wows blog:
Turtle Talk Blog uses Indian Country Today story:
Indian Country Today article:
Links to media coverage of 2007 Manoomin Project wild rice planting on Dead River Nov. 3, 2007:
The Peoples Path - home page - link to Earth Times (about three quarters of the way down page on left side):
Urth TV Blog
Cedar Tree Institute
Absolute Mic

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