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Tribes seek wild rice protection

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's Chippewa American Indians say wild rice is so important that the state needs to protect it from being contaminated by genetically modified rice.

"Wild rice is more important to us than you probably realize," Leech Lake tribal Chairman George Goggleye on Tuesday told a Senate Committee considering regulating genetically modified wild rice. "I urge the committee to honor the first people of this state by letting this pass."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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