State project to restore wild rice
OSHKOSH — A major transportation project in northeastern Wisconsin will 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 in reinstating the beds.
Gwen Carr is a Cayuga Indian and Outreach Coordinator for the US 41 Project, which includes Winnebago and Brown Counties. Carr said they’re seeking the knowledge of Wisconsin ricing chiefs to reinstate the traditional, cultural, and spiritual aspects that impact the growth and success of wild rice.
Wisconsin Public Radio News said the cost is expected to be about 1 percent of the project’s estimated cost of $1.5 billion. ——— Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org