Below is the introduction the OWS mission statement. The issue of respecting the rights, lands and cultures of indigenous people is at the very core of what OWS stands for. There is this global movement that recognizes the forces and practices that is destroying our mother earth and now is the time for Native Americans to step into leadership positions to make the spiritual connection back to our mother earth and all our relations. The "plan" is not clear but long journeys have many unseen turns and we must take one step at a time. At the battle lines between protesters and police we need Native American spiritual leaders to have prayer smoke and lead the way forward toward mutual respect and peace. The people are lacking spiritual focus that truly unites the collective power of spirit and the Native people hold a rare position of genuine trust and moral authority that commands respect. "As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments."
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 17:30