Water Topics

National Tribal Water Council
PO Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004
(480) 452-6774

Native Cultural Values & Water

Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force Position Paper on The Great Lakes. This position paper is an impressive articulation of the connection between Indigenous cultures and water quality. Following is an excerpt from the Position Paper cover letter:

“Our original teachings from the Creator are essential to our culture. The Creator instructed all parts of creation of their responsibilities. The waters have a responsibility to provide nourishment to Mother Earth, to plant[s] and animals as well as to humans. Humans have the responsibility to honor and give thanks for all parts of Creation. As different entities, we do not interfere with each other’s duties. Human-made pollution and diversions are a few of the abuses towards the waters and their duties. Haudenosaunee teachings warn us that if we continue abusing parts of Creation, those elements will vanish….”
Find a copy of the Position Paper here