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Sap Boil Ties Together Native American History

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Created: March 30, 2019 11:05 PM

Tapping trees for maple syrup has been a tradition spanning far back into history. On Saturday at UMD, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) held their very own sap boil, tying it into Native American history.

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One of the group's goals is to engage the community through culturally relevant and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related activities.

Saturday's event was designed to re-capture an aspect of American Indian culture as well as bring together the UMD community.

Group members say this year's turnout was even better than last year's.

"This year we've gotten over 100 gallons so far. And that's because it freezes at night and warms up during the day, so a lot of the sap is flowing from the trees during the day. So we've certainly collected a lot of sap," said Meaghan O'Connor, AISES treasurer. 

The student group is continuing the Ojibwe tradition to reunite with their families and communities for more sap making events as the weather continues to warm up.

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