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Oren Lyons

1930 CE –

Seneca and Iroquois Nations Council of Chiefs Faithkeeper, legendary athlete inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, artist, author, and international peace keeper; Oren Lyons’ life work expanded from promoting his own tribes’ welfare to indigenous lifeways and Native American Rights in general to human rights and economic development for indigenous people all over the world including working for Maori rights in New Zealand, yearly meetings in Geneva for the UN Human Rights Commission, and UNESCO’s World Conference Against Racism. A strong voice for the environment, sustainable development, a more sane world, and for the sacred over materialism; he represents native peoples in many forums throughout the world.


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“The environment isn't over there. We are the environment.”

Chapters: 16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

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“All things are bound together, all things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth.”

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

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“We need the courage to change our values to the regeneration of our families, the life that surrounds us.”

Chapters: 36. The Small, Dark Light

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“Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Oneness

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“In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred - everything is for sale.”

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

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“We always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

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“All things are bound together, all things connect. Whatever befalls the earth befalls also the children of the earth.”

Chapters: 59. The Gardening of Spirit

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“downstream in this river of life, our children will pay for our selfishness, for our greed, and for our lack of vision.”

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

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“We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come. ... What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?”

Themes: Strategy

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