Fri. 9/20 11a: September is National Rice Month and we’re celebrating it with a trip to the upper Midwest. The grain is ripe for the picking and many Natives are heading out on the lakes with their canoes and flails.
Minnesota also opens its lakes to non-Native ricers who buy permits for the harvest. However, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is limiting its annual harvest on its five ricing lakes to enrolled tribal members.
Should harvesting wild rice be open for everyone who wants to carry on this fall tradition? What does ricing mean to you?