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Gallery: Leann Eagle Tail throws wild rice seeds onto a spot along the Rum River buy jordan shoes online, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 near Cambridge, MN. Eagle Tail joined other classmates from Takoda Prep and guides from Wilderness Inquiry cheap nike jordan shoes, Green River Greening and Isanti County, to seed along the Rum River at Becklin Homestead Park. The Rum River was a wild rice haven until changed water chemistry wiped it out. Now the water quality is back and the kids are helped to plant for the day.

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Woodard, a lifelong city dweller who is part American Indian, had never seen the stalks of wild rice that were once so integral to indigenous life. But on a sun-kissed autumn day this week, she stood in mud and water to see and understand its environmental requirements and cultural significance. As part of a school field trip, she was helping to restore the aquatic plant to an area where it was once ubiquitous — and, trip leaders hoped, buy jordan shoes online feel a connection to her indigenous heritage.

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Woodard and eight of her classmates from the Takoda Prep alternative high school in Minneapolis helped spread wild rice to the main channel and backwaters of the river this week as two nonprofits, Wilderness Inquiry and Great River Greening, jordan shoes cheap teamed up for the first time and brought urban students with them.

The Rum River, winding from Mille Lacs to the mighty Mississippi, was once a wild rice haven, contributing an important source of food for people and wildlife. While it still exists there naturally, it has declined in recent years. With a Legacy Amendment grant jordan shoes cheap online, Great River Greening, which aims to restore Minnesota's natural heritage, is helping to coax it to flourish with annual reseeding in the fall, hoping it will grow in the spring.