UW alum Jennings calls for protection of wild rice beds

Photo of Kakagon Sloughs 16 May, 2019. Located at the southern shores of Lake Superior, the shoreline of the Kakagon Sloughs is home to wild rice beds. (Photo by Catherine Reiland / UW-Madison)

Sierra features Dylan Jennings, a UW-Madison alumnus and elected tribal council member for the Bad River Band of Lakes Superior Ojibwe, and powerful spokesperson for water and land stewardship in northern Wisconsin. Dylan says, “The Bad River in northern Wisconsin has a unique and nationally recognized watershed and estuary,” he said. “It’s also one of the only areas that has wild rice growing right on Lake Superior. From the tribe’s perspective, industrialization and encroachment are huge threats to our water and air quality standards and how it correlates to the survival of wild rice.”

Jennings teamed up with the Wisconsin Idea Seminar in 2018 to help participants get out on the water in the Kakagon Sloughs where wild rices grows along the southern shore of Lake Superior.

Jennings graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Anthropology and Archaeology with certificates in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies. He is now Director of Public Information for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission and is an elected tribal council member for the Bad River Band of Lakes Superior Ojibwe.

Read the full article at: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/gold-us-native-american-nations-struggle-protect-wild-rice