Groups upset with governor’s call to suspend the Wild Rice Sulfate Water Quality Standard
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA — Protect Our Manoomin will host a rally at The Sanford Center Bemijigamaag Powwow today in Bemidji, Minnesota while Minnesota Mark Dayton visits the powwow. The group, other American Indian groups and allies are upset with the governor’s stance to suspend the Wild Rice Sulfate Water Quality Standard.
Last month on March 24, Governor Dayton called the current Wild Rice Sulfate Water Quality Standard “obsolete” and “not validated by current science.”
This law has protected wild rice since 1973 and is supported by the EPA, and it has helped protect a vital cultural, economic, and spiritual resource for Anishinaabe people.
Environmentally, wild rice plays a central role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Iron Range lawmakers, iron ore and sulfate ore extractive resource industries, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce seek to suspend the standard that will
allow the release of industrial toxins that will pollute our waters.
Organizers of the rally maintain the scheduled rally is not directed against the Sanford Center powwow nor is it against the event that Governor Dayton is attending at the powwow. Rather the organizers feel Governor Dayton’s presence at the powwow provides a venue to rally and give voice to Governor Dayton’s support for suspending the Wild Rice Sulfate Water Quality Standard.
The following organizations are sponsoring this rally: Protect Our Manoomin, Idle No More Duluth/Northwoods Wolf Alliance, AIM – Twin Cities, Idle No More – Twin Cities/Minnesota.
WHAT: Bemijimaag Powwow Rally
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Powwow – 1 pm-10 pm
WHERE: The Standford Center
1111 Event Center Drive, NE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601