Tawas Lake in Michigan. Photo: Jeffrey Smith

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe acquires culturally significant property for $1.1 million

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe recently acquired a culturally significant property in Michigan, The Iosco County News-Herald reports.

The tribe purchased 32 acres at Tawas Lake for $1.1 million, the paper said. The area is important as a location for wild rice cultivation, according to The Tribal Observer, the tribe's newspaper.

“The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is one of the leaders in Michigan for coming back to wild rice,” Lee Sprague, a tribal citizen who credits a diet of traditional foods with improving his health, told the paper in a story for its December 2016 issue.

The tribe plans to continue using the land for wild rice activities, a spokesperson told The News-Herald. Cultural and youth events are also in the works, the paper said.

Wild rice is known as manoomin in the Ojibwe language.

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