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Christina Rose
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9 Things America Needs to Understand About Native Values

Christina Rose
7/7/14

Values and integrity have always been respected by traditional Native peoples, but when colonization forced its way onto this land, dishonesty and treachery took a terrible toll. Even many mainstream Americans are tired of it, but still don’t understand where they went wrong. Here’s a sample of things mainstream America needs to understand—add your own in the comments.

Honesty and Integrity

Out of the 500 treaties signed between tribes and the United States, none have ever been fully honored. History proves that at the time of contact, Native nations couldn’t even imagine such dishonesty.

RELATED: Native History: How Natives Got Railroaded By the Medicine Lodge Treaty

Today, oil companies are trying to force pipelines, fracking, and uranium mining onto reservation and treaty lands even as other areas already suffer oil spills. America needs to develop a truthfulness in their dealings and a sense of responsibility for their actions, not just with tribes, but with the whole world.

Wet’suwet’en blockade photo courtesy of UNISTOTENCAMP

Prioritizing Who Is Paid Well For What

In today’s America, the most financially rewarding jobs are often paid to people in power. For those who work to benefit society, the pay is usually much less. Rather than seek personal power, ideally, Native politicians do what is best for the tribe. Self-serving actions are frowned upon. Success, wealth, and a rich life should not be measured by money.

Appreciation for Women

According to the Six Nations Traditional Women’s Council Fire, clan mothers traditionally held great influence in the well-being of their Clans and Nations. They have authority as life givers, as holders of the land, and a deep understanding of the price of war.

For humanity to see all sides of an issue, the woman’s perspective must be included in important decisions.

Women on the frontlines in Elsipogtog First Nation territory, protesting fracking in 2013. (Twitter)

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Submitted by Sammy7 on
The Yonega culture is a culture of death. Now death has completed the circle and is confronting them. Their belief in "American Exceptionalism," based on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Dominion, is fuel for their death culture. Only death will result. We must give this to Spirit and Mother Earth to restore life and be accepting even if another extinction event is the chosen path to restoration.

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Submitted by arw00 on
Native politicians do what is best for the tribe. These days this is not necessarily true. much is starting to come out about graft on the reservations by the elected officials

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Submitted by boujoie on
Thant you for this beautiful sharing. I've found that the inherent guidelines and principles supported by these words are foreign to way too many. When addressing an effort involving two or more people, a logjam often occurs. It always comes down to the difference between looking out for oneself ahead of the greatest good for all concerned, including our earth mother.

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Submitted by boujoie on
Thank you for this beautiful sharing. I've found that the inherent guidelines and principles supported by these words are foreign to way too many. When addressing an effort involving two or more people, a logjam often occurs. It always comes down to the difference between looking out for oneself ahead of the greatest good for all concerned, including our earth mother.

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Submitted by SFSolstice on
Thank You for sharing this wonderful information with those of us seeking to understand our ancestors ways of knowing and being.

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
I enjoyed this article. It shows what those of us who are of the People have known since the Creator put us on this world. True happiness can never be measured by the things someone has, position in society one has or who ones family may be. All gifts, talents & things are but loans to us while we are in this world & realm before we walk on to the next order of existing. ......................................................................................................................... As was shown in this article, even those of the People who are supposed to be looking out for us are even at times caught up in this cycle of evil & greediness. They steal from those they are supposed to be looking out for. ......................................................................................................................... So many people are lost in that they have no idea what we are here for in this world & this realm. They do not realize it is but a moment in time to teach us, show us & allow us to experience many things that we can only experience while we are in this vessel we call the body. ......................................................................................................................... When these bodies can no longer function our true being is released & then we begin a new journey that is more amazing than many can even begin to imagine. This is just the first step in our learning & experiencing about all that makes up the completeness in existing. In the beginning we came from the stars & there we shall return my friends. We truly are children of the stars.

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An eloquent statement of The Red People, Tribe or Nation immaterial; for it embraces ALL Tribes and Nations..................................................................... ................................................................................................................................ What is not realized, is that those values are embedded into your Spirit, and will be with you for all time - as those Values become Cell Memory.............. ............................................................................................................................... Humans are told of their Family Tree, but in most cases; the Spiritual inheritance is ignored, not realized, or not spoken of...................................... ............................................................................................................................... The "Good Book" that "Christians" refer too, is outside of themselves; where as The Red People know that The Good Book was written into their Spirit when The Creator created them and they incarnated for their "Life Walk" to Perfect in the Eye's of The Divine Family and Creator................................... ............................................................................................................................... It is sad that the cummlative statement of "Christianity" is noted to be Judgemental, Vindictive, and promotes Fear of The Creator who does not Judge you - but helps you perfect by act of Reincarnation to learn those ideals and lessons he wants for All his Children.......................................................... ............................................................................................................................... This Thread has said much in such small space, where the "Educated" need many books to discover what is evident in the few words by this author....... ............................................................................................................................... Two Bears Growling, makes good Summary in his contribution, and reflects what has been known by The Red People since the beginning of Time....... ...............................................................................................................................

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I agree wholeheartedly and only wish that our priorities could be changed immediately. When Capitalism is valued above all we are in serious trouble. The effects are already being seen and felt. ____________________________________________________________ Not to beat a dead horse, but of the two predominant political parties in the country only ONE OF THEM relegates women to secondary citizens telling them what they can and can't do with their bodies. That same party is pro-drilling when it comes to oil and pro-pipeline when it comes to shipping it. They're also anti-ecology (they still claim Global Climate Change is a hoax perpetrated by every single scientist in the world), anti-equal rights, anti-union/worker's rights, They are against their "hard-earned money" being used to help the ill, the elderly and those in need. They are anti-national health care. They are pro-torture, pro-war and pro-death penalty while laughingly calling themselves Pro-Life. They are against raising the minimum wage while insisting that millionaires and billionaires NEED tax breaks to create jobs. ___________________________________________________________ They, however, do NOT deserve all the blame. The opposing political party (the Democrats) are so ineffectual that they could run up and kick a sponge and it wouldn't move. Third parties are not the answer, however as they are made up of the lunatic fringe of both parties. It's sad that voting in America isn't about "choosing the best man for the job," it's about choosing the lesser of two evils.
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