In The Media


Dr. Maddy Nyblade was featured in an article from Eos titled “Climate Change Threatens the Future of Wild Rice”. Published December 18, 2023, read all about Maddy’s American Geophysical Union (AGU) talk and the work she has done with tribal partners.

Dr. Maddy Nyblade was featured in an article from the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel titled “Great Lakes tribes teach ‘water is life.’ But they’re forced to fight for a voice in safeguarding it.” Published November 15, 2023, the article details the importance of healthy water to WI tribes, its relationship to manoomin, and the key people fighting for a voice.

Check out Maddy’s contribution and the other articles in this four-part series. 

Bazile Panek (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) and Maddy Nyblade (UMN) were featured in a CBS Minnesota article and documentary. They spoke on the conservation of Manoomin, obstacles faced, and the importance of collaboration. You can find the article and documentary below. 


Dr. Diana Dalbotten accompanied several of the 2021 REU undergraduate interns to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 2021 National conference in Phoenix AZ. 

WXPR radio featured our project in a 9/10/21 story about Tribal and UMN researchers collaborating to investigate why Manoomin is declining: 9/10/21 story from WXPR radio.

First We Must Consider Manoomin project highlighted in Mazina’igan: A Chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe; written by Emily Green. See page 17.


First We Must Consider Manoomin project honored. The Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin project was awarded “honorable mention” in the Local Sustainability Impacts category of the 2020 Environmental Initiative Awards. The Environmental Initiative Awards is an annual recognition program that celebrates people and projects working in partnership at the nexus of a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and an equitable society in Minnesota.

Breining, G., Wild rice and cultural collaboration: CSE researchers looking to wild rice as an indicator of healthy water, Inventing Tomorrow – A magazine for alumni and friends of the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Fall 2018, 6-13.

Fond du Lac Newsletter: Nahgahchiwanong Dibahjimowinnan, “Considering Manoomin on Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake),” September 2018, p. 16.

Rademacher, N., “‘Manoomin’ brings together UMN researchers and tribal members, Minnesota Daily, October 2, 2019. 

Cusick, D. 2020. “Climate change threatens the ancient wild rice traditions of the Ojibwe.” Scientific American, June 1, 2020.

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