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-Statement of Faith- 

 

We believe there is a creator of all things. We believe in the spirit world tied to and given to us from our creator. We believe in an afterlife as we "walk on" from our lives here on earth. We believe we hold a responsibility to our Mother Earth, and exist as her caretakers while we are here. We believe in Grandmother Moon, Father Sun, and the Grandfathers of the Four Directions. We believe we carry the responsibility to care for and prepare our Mother Earth and the spirit world, to care for the next seven generations to come.

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As adopted from the philosophies of the Leech Lake Tribal College

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

According to the Anishinaabe worldview, humans did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.  Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves.  Therefore, kinship among all of creation, not the mastery of our relatives (other humans, animals, plants, etc) is vital to harmonious living.  To adhere to this philosophy is to be guided by the following values: 

Honesty

Maintain truthfulness, sincerity, and fairness in all one's actions

Possess the ability to manage confidential information

Communicate with others fairly and truthfully

Truth

Speak as honestly as one can according to one's perception

Be loyal in all relationships

Avoid hypocrisy

Humility

Recognize oneself as an equal part of creation

Be careful what one says around others

Demonstrate empathy to others

Be respectful of the thoughts and ideas of others

Recognize one's weaknesses and acknowledge the capacity for self growth

Develop and practice good listening and observation skills

Love

Work cooperatively and harmoniously with others

Show kindness and compassion

Demonstrate acceptance and the empowerment of others

Offer hope, encouragement, and inspiration

Wisdom

Seek guidance from elders and advisors

Take time to reflect upon experiences

Acknowledge the opportunity to learn from others

Persist in acquiring knowledge and improving skills

Strive to accomplish goals and dreams

Courage

Face difficult situations with bravery

Acknowledge one's personal weaknesses and develop strength to combat them

Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and speak when asked

Respect

Accept cultural, religious, and gender differences

Maintain high standards of conduct at all times

Safeguard the dignity, individuality, and rights of others

Practice ethical behavior at all times