Rights of Nature and Indigenous Activism



Rights of Nature and Indigenous Activism

Date and Time:
Mon, Mar 20, 2023; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  (Local Time)

Organized By: Great Waters Group

Location: Virtual

Event Organizers:
Jasmine Viges
(414) 702-7452

Presenters will be White Earth tribal attorney Frank Bibeau and Thomas Linzey, senior legal counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. In 2018, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe recognized the rights of manoomin (wild rice), the first law to recognize the legal rights of a plant species. In 2021, manoomin and the White Earth Band sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in White Earth Tribal Court to enforce the rights of wild rice, the first rights of nature enforcement case to be brought in a tribal court. Learn about the Rights of Nature movement, how it aligns with the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous people, and how it provides a tool for enforcing ecological health as a priority.