We, as Ongwehowe, 'the Real People', share a spiritual relationship with the natural world embedded in a respect for all aspects of life. We are interrelated and are given the duty of protecting, preserving, conserving, and restoring our environment. We refer to the earth as our Mother and hope that all human beings respect and walk softly while they are visitors here.
The desecration of Mother Earth by hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, has become a great concern among the Haudenosaunee. The-devastation to all that we give thanks for in our Thanksgiving address - the earth, the air, the water, the animals, plants and the people, all that encompass Mother Earth, are threatened. Our duty to support, protect, and sustain the gifts of Creation becomes a greater challenge, yet we fight for the benefit of our future generations- our children, our grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and those not yet born among us.
"CARING FOR THE EARTH"
Earth day in Tonawanda Seneca was a huge success as the Tonawanda Seneca Nation held the annual "Caring for the Earth" roadside cleanup day on April 22, 2010.
This year there was 103 volunteers and roughly 400+ bags of garbage collected A lunch was served and everyone receives a t-shirt. The group came together in efforts to create a more cleaner and safer environment by picking up trash, recyclables and other solid waste materials along roadsides, ditches, and fields.
The Tonawanda Seneca Community did a really nice job!