Highway project could reinstate wild rice

Oshkosh, Wisconsin (AP) January 2011

A major transportation project in northeastern Wisconsin could include reinstating traditional Native American wild rice beds.

Many of the beds have disappeared because of development. But US 41 Project coordinators from the Department of Transportation say they will seek the input of tribal leaders on reinstating the beds.

Coordinators from the US 41 Project in Winnebago and Brown counties say they will seek the knowledge of the ricing chiefs in Wisconsin to possibly reinstate the traditional, cultural, and spiritual aspects that impact the growth and success of wild rice. A plan has not been finalized.

Wisconsin Public Radio News says the cost of the entire US 41 Project is $1.5 billion.




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