GTB’s Derek Bailey: “Protect Our Sacred Water”

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An excerpt:

AS RESPECTED TRIBAL ELDER AND FORMER TRIBAL CHAIRMAN (LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY BANDS OF ODAWA INDIANS) FRANK ETTAWAGESHIK ONCE STATED, “THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT DEFINING ELEMENT OF THE PLACE WE LIVE, WHAT MAKES THIS PLACE UNIQUE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, IS THE GREAT LAKES AND THE WATERS THAT RECHARGE THESE LAKES FROM THE SPRINGS, CREEKS, STREAMS AND RIVERS THAT MAKE UP THIS VAST WATERSHED. WE SPEAK FOR AND HONOR THE WATERS AS THE LIFE-BLOOD OF OUR MOTHER EARTH AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR TRADITIONAL SPIRITUALITY. AS NATIVE NATIONS WE UTILIZE THESE WATERS TO DEFINE OUR BOUNDARIES, TRANSPORT OURSELVES AND TRADE GOODS, FISH FOR OUR FOOD AND COMMERCE, AND ENJOY THEIR VALUE FOR RECREATION AND A STRONG ECONOMY.”

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