Our Projects

Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin (First We Must Consider Manoomin/Psin [wild rice]) was launched in 2018 with seed funding from the UMN Grand Challenges program. From the beginning, it was envisioned as a collaboration among tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students, that aimed to protect Manoomin / Psiη through prioritizing tribal views on its cultural significance and ecology. Researchers’ primary focus in the first two years was to build trust and learn about and from the rice.  Based on that work, we documented our guiding principles of collaborative research. We also published our principles in a paper entitled “Transforming research and relationships through collaborative Tribal-University partnerships on Manoomin (wild rice.)”

Since 2020, we have received three major grants to fund the continuation and expansion of our collaborative research and protection efforts. Click on the links below to learn about each of our funded projects. 

Manoomin/Psiη (wild rice) in the Great Lakes region: A flagship for environmental preservation and Indigenous resource sovereignty (NSF-funded)

Impacts of climate change on vegetation, ecohydrology, and management of
Manoomin watersheds (USGS-funded)


Harvesting Manoomin/Psin as a climate change adaptation strategy (NOAA-funded)


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