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For Native Peoples, Earth Day Is a Silly Concept

By Mary Annette Pember

For Ojibwe and most Native peoples, Earth Day is a silly concept. Moreover, the very notion underscores the non-Native view of the natural world as something that is apart from human beings.

Not long ago, I interviewed George Sielstad, an Earth Systems scientist who taught for many years at the University of North Dakota. Sielstad is one of a group of scientists who work with NASA in its growing efforts to collaborate with indigenous peoples for answers to the problem of global warming. “In the Western world, people think they’re not part of nature unless they’re out camping,” Sielstad said. “They …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green