White Earth Land Recovery Project

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The White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to recover land for the Anishinaabeg people on the White Earth Indian Reservation in western Minnesota. The organization was founded in 1989 by tribal member and former vice presidential candidate Winona La Duke.

WELRP maintains that less than 10 percent of the White Earth Indian Reservation is held by the Anishinaabeg. WELRP aims to regain lands that were taken from the Anishinaabeg people through improper sales, property theft and treaty abrogations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The organization also seeks to prevent the deforestation of the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg.[1]

WELRP was recognized by the International Slow Food Congress for its efforts to restore local food systems and preserve wild rice.[2]

WELRP produces and sells traditional foods through its label, Native Harvest. The label currently offers hominy, wild rice, buffalo sausage, fry bread mix, chokecherry jelly, and raspberry preserves.


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