Ngah Izitchigay Nibi Ohnjay, I Will Do It for the Water

Authors: Roxanne Ornelas*, Miami University
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Water Resources and Hydrology, Environment
Keywords: The Anthropocene, environmental justice, human rights, Indigenous peoples, sacred lands, water
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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For over 15 years a group of Indigenous women “water walkers” have walked around all five of the Great Lakes and the length of several rivers in the United States and Canada. In the summer of 2017, the water walkers walked the course of the Missouri River, the longest river in the United States. The women, children, and men who joined with them throughout their journey were motivated by their belief that water is sacred and must be protected and ministered to. Integrated into the environmental justice activism of the waters walkers is a commitment and a sense of responsibility to protect water and other natural resources for those who will be living seven generations into the future. This paper will review the recent work of these water protectors. The author is also a water walker.

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