Sep 2, 2021
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe recognized the rights of wild rice under tribal law in 2018. Now, wild rice is the plaintiff in a lawsuit in tribal court against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, claiming a proposed oil pipeline violates its rights. Other tribes, communities in the U.S., and countries have given legal rights to waterways and ecosystems. Will a river or edible plant ever have standing to sue in U.S. courts?