American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Challenge

In recent decades, wild rice beds have been disappearing. Human activity has changed its habitat.

Key Terms

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    A significant and long-term change in temperature, precipitation, or wind. Climate change can happen naturally or can be caused by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, or building cities.

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    The relationships between the plants, animals, and physical conditions of a specific area.

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    The wearing away of land surfaces by wind or water. Farming, development, road building, and logging can all increase erosion.

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    Inserting new genetic information into the cells of an organism to change its characteristics.

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    A plant or animal species that does not naturally live in a specific area. The introduction of invasive species can cause economic and environmental problems and harm human health.

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    Mud or fine earth deposited by running or standing water.

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Explore: Stressors on Wild Rice Habitat

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Try These Questions

Which of these is not a habitat requirement for wild rice?
Asian carp, an invasive species, could be particularly harmful to wild rice. Why?
Asian carp
Why do Ojibwe people object to the commercial farming of wild rice?
Wild rice

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How has the local environment been damaged?

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What caused the damage to the local environment?

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