2009 Recipient: Mick Rattler

Mick Rattler

Job’s Tears (Coix Lacryma-jobi) – $3,000

Mick has raised a variety of vegetables, fruits and livestock since the 1960s With his award, Mick will cultivate Job’s Tears, a plant that produces a seed used as a bead for jewelry. It is also a useful grain, with a higher protein-to-carb ratio than any other cereal.

The Rattler family will use the beads in jewelry-making, as well as sell the seeds to other tribe members.

Cherokee Reservation

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