The Ten Indian Commandments

The Ten Indian Commandments
smallpaw Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect
smallpaw Remain close to the Great Spirit
smallpaw Show great respect for your fellow beings
smallpaw Work together for the benefit of all Mankind
smallpaw Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
smallpaw Do what you know to be right
smallpaw Look after the well being of mind and body
smallpaw Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
smallpaw Be truthful and honest at all times
smallpaw Take full responsibility for your actions

Prophecy of the Seventh Generation

The prophecy of the Seventh Generation is common to many American Indian nations. Young native people, especially young Mohawk people, should pay attention to and consider.
     According to the prophecy, after seven generations of living in close contact with the Europeans, the Onkwehonwe would see the day when the elm trees would die. The prophecy said that animals would be born strange and deformed, their limbs twisted out of shape. Huge stone monsters would tear open the face of the Earth. The rivers would burn aflame. The air would burn the eyes of man. According to the prophecy of the Seventh Generation of the Onkwehonwe would see the day when birds would fall from the sky, the fish would die in the water, and man would grow ashamed of the way that he had treated his mother and provider, the Earth.
     Finally, according to this prophecy, after seven generations of living in close contact with the Europeans, the Onkwehonwe would rise up and demand that their rights and stewardship over the Earth be respected and restored.
     According to the wisdom of this prophecy, men and women would one day turn to the Onkwehonwe, and particulary to the eastern door of the Confederacy, for both guidance and direction. It is up to the present generation of youth of the Kanien’Kehake to provide leadership and example to all who have failed. The children of the Kanien’kehake are the seventh generation.

The Seventh Generation Initiative
Stage 1:
smallpaw Define our society’s values in a way that is consistent with the long term well-being of people, communities and ecosystems; and
smallpaw Create and publish a set of measures based on those values which would regularly tell us whether things are getting better or worse.
Stage 2:
smallpaw Assess policy and legislation for its impact on the next Seven Generations
Stage 3:
smallpaw Create policy and legislation to improve long term well-being

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