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Published April 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

Wild rice

Joe Hoagland (left) pushes a canoe through a wild rice bed in White Earth, Minn., as 14-year-old Chris Salazar of White Earth learns how to harvest the rice by knocking the grain off the stalks with two sticks. Wild rice is sacred to the Ojibwe of Minnesota, but that may not protect it from the promise of jobs a new copper-nickel mining industry would bring to the state. (Jim Mone / Associated Press)

Read the article: Copper mining runs afoul of wild rice