Seventh Generation Fund's ongoing Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth Campaign - 2013

(Image:  Dr. Michael Yellow Bird's presentation at Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth)

Seventh Generation Fund's ongoing Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth Campaign 
Co-hosted by the HSU Department of Social Work

In the Fall of 2013 as part of the ongoing Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth campaign the Department of Social Work co-hosted a collaborative dialogue in Humboldt State University’s Native Forum highlighting the spiritual, environmental, social, and political relationships that we, as peoples of the Earth, have with the Natural World.  In addition to the forum, Seventh Generation Fund's three-part campaign included an art show and reception during October's Arts Arcata, and a benefit evening for the organization at Bear River's Tish-non Village.

Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth forum featured both Native and non-Native speakers from local communities, social justice activists, environmentalists and artists on the topic of the Rights of Mother Earth.  Presenters included: Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), Luis Macas (Saraguro) from Ecuador, Chris Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), Michael Yellow Bird (Arikara/Hidatsa), Jessica Hall, Scott Greacen, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Morgan Corviday Hollis, Dania Rose Colegrove (Hupa/Yurok/Karuk), Gary Hughes, and other Indigenous leaders and luminaries.

The meeting brought together tribal Nations, scholars, students, faculty, community members, activists, and organizations to share their efforts and best practices with regard to implementing the perspective of protecting the Earth and all her inhabitants.

The Seventh Generation (SGF) is an international Indigenous, non-profit organization devoted to upholding the uniqueness and the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations throughout the world.