For the love of the Earth on this Earth Day, help us be the voice for our family that have no voices… for our family the trees, the majesty that is our family the rivers, the bears and buffalo, for the eagles and otters. Native American culture has always been first to look upon our Earth as Mother, and with such love that one can only have for a Mother has openly wept and grieved at the sore and open wounds inflicted upon her very being.
It is this distinction that Earth Day brings to all like minded people, a harmony with the very culture and belief system of Native America – a meeting of spirit and that is very powerful. In his book “The Soul of the Indian”, Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman explained the native position about the Earth and how it relates to the very soul in all of us. “We believed that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature posses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious of itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied Force, and as such an object of reverence.” (1911). This is the passion felt behind the words of Mary Brave Bird who said “The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.”
This is the great gulf that separates the understanding of our modern capitalistic society with the long-held understanding of Native American culture – the very Earth itself is necessary for our very existence. It is like the sunshine from above, or the summer breeze that we feel, the very air we breathe and the water we drink – it is part of an experience and an integral factor of life as we know it. The Earth keeps us alive… and it is in that context that Crazy Horse stated “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.” He wasn’t talking about land, or the dirt beneath his feet. He was speaking about Mother Earth… one does not sell the very thing that gives all of us life.
Perhaps this position is difficult to understand with all of the daily pressures of modern culture, but a better more recent question exists that may assist – who owns the wind? Certainly the wind blows where it may, and all people can relate to it… but… what if you had to pay to enjoy it? What if the wind that simply exists actually became property? For most, such an analogy may seem preposterous. …but I assure you, it actually is not. If you live in Wyoming, as an example, the wind you feel and perhaps enjoy daily is the property of the State of Wyoming and it has been for some time. Preposterous? No, not any more.
Imagine then the Native American Nations as a group of young colonies became the United States and brought with it such capitalistic tendencies. Agreements to share the land, generous acknowledgements that we all thrive and survive on this Earth, soon gave way to land ownership and land rights, which soon gave way to vast land assignments by an ever growing United States and soon arriving at forced relocation to small tracts of lands that Native Americans could not leave under threat of extinction. The sudden realization upon the later leaders of Native American Nations was one of survival within this new culture forced upon them, perhaps reflected best by Dakota Chief Wapasha III who lamented about his visit with then President Abraham Lincoln, “I only desired to get a title to lands and fix my people so that they could live.” For all of Native America, it was an unfortunate realization that a very different day had dawned.
Yet today is different still. Native America has survived, and today is very much here. You are also here. With Earth Day, we have a day that intersects the very core of Native Americans with the very core of you – a belief in our Mother Earth, and a celebration for her who has provided for us for as long as we have been here.
Stand with us. Together, for the love of the Earth.
This Earth Day, please give and join your voice with ours as we stand for all of those on this planet who do not have a voice. We are a Super PAC that is neither Republican, Democrat or aligned with any party – we are for Native America. For Mother Earth, and Father Sun. We are for the tree, the waterfall… and we are for the Grizzly Bear.
We are Native America, and we are stronger together.
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Native America Action
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