Native Americans and Re-Member
November is Native American Heritage Month. Here are some interesting links:
Our Board of Missions and Outreach has been supporting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota via contributions to Re-Member, a non-profit organization that provides structural supports via a volunteer and donation program. Our church youth groups have gone on memorable mission trips there. Read about Re-Member and the reservation and check out some of the videos on their Facebook page. See links below.
This flag is an Abenaki Nation flag, one of the 5 Algonquin tribes in northeast US.
GREAT SPIRIT PRAYER
by Big Thunder, Algonquin, late 19th century
Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That as we care for her she will care for us.
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.
Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
Help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.
Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
Help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.
Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption,
Help us find the way to restore our humanity.
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world,
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.