American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Meet the People

The Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe is one of many Ojibwe bands in the U.S. and Canada. Ojibwe people are also called Chippewa, or Anishinaabe.

Key Terms

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    The name Ojibwe people use when talking about themselves. Literal translation is “original people.”

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    A name originally used by other American Indians for the Anishinaabe. It may come from the Ojibwe word for “puckered,” used to describe traditional moccasins worn by the Ojibwe.

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    The name for the Ojibwe people used in official agreements with the United States. Believed to come from a mispronunciation of the word Ojibwe.

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    Ojibwe word for wild rice. Manoomin is not technically a rice, but a grass that grows only in water.

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    A small group within a tribe or Native nation. Not all tribes or nations have bands.

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Try These Questions

Read the key term definitions above. Which name is used in treaties with the U.S. government?
Why is wild rice, or manoomin, important to the Ojibwe?
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True or false? The number of wild rice beds harvested by the Ojibwe people today has increased since the time of their ancestors.
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What have you learned about this tribe? What makes the place they live in special to them?

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Why are the people so concerned about the environmental problem in their community?

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