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Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 10


"The battle for Indian children will be won in the classroom, not on the streets or on horses.
The students of today are our warriors of tomorrow."

--Wilma P. Mankiller, CHEROKEE


The world is constantly changing. One of the strengths of Indian people has been our adaptability.
In today's world, education is what we need to survive. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists.
We can become these things and still live in a cultural way.
We need to live in two worlds; the educated world and the Indian cultural world.
Education will help protect our land, our people's health, and provide knowledge for our people.
We must teach reading, writing and arithmetic.
Also, we must teach the language, the culture, the ceremony and the tradition of our people.


Creator, let me remember You are my teacher.



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Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 11



"If you don't know the language, you'll only see the surface of the culture...
...the language is the heart of the culture and you cannot separate it."

--Elaine Ramos, TLINGIT


The Creator gave to every person their own special way to communicate and understand.
Indians understand connectedness, balance, harmony, spirituality and the relationship to Mother Earth.
The understanding of these things is expressed in the language. The true understanding of culture is expressed in the language.
The language is the heart of the people. If we have not learned the language, we need to find a teacher.


Great Spirit, help me to learn the culture. Let me pray and sing to You in my language.



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Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 12



"I don't think that anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization
without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future,
the future of the Cherokee people and of the Cherokee Nation."

--Wilma P. Mankiller, CHEROKEE


The world has changed in the last 50 years. It will change even more in the next 50 years, and it will change even faster.
We must educate ourselves to ensure our future generations will maintain the language and the culture of our people.
We need to be concerned about our land because when our land goes away, so will our people.
We need to be concerned about leadership, our families and about alcoholism.
We need to be concerned about what's going on around the world.
We can only do this by being educated.
Then we can control our future.



Great Spirit, please guide our children; let me know how I can help.



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Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 13



"My Grandfather survived on this earth without using anything that did not go back into the earth.
The whole world could learn from that."

--Floyd Westerman, SIOUX


Our grandfathers knew how to live in harmony.
They did not create poisons or technologies that destroyed things.
They did not make their decisions based on greed or for selfish reasons.
They did not take more then they used. Their thoughts and actions were about respect.
The Elders conducted themselves in a respectful way.
We need to consider our actions around respect for Mother Earth.


My Creator, have the grandfathers teach us today about the old ways.



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Elder's Meditation of the Day - November 14



"The hearts of little children are pure,
and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss."

--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA LAKOTA



Sometimes adults think they know more than the children. But the children are closer to the truth.
Have you ever noticed how quickly they can let go of resentments?
Have you ever noticed how free they are of prejudice?
Have you ever noticed how well the children listen to their bodies?
Maybe adults need to be more like children. They are so innocent.
The children pray to the Creator and trust that He will take care of them.



Grandfather, today let the children be my teacher.




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