Activist: Old Native Ways Can Be Used in New Sustainability Efforts

March 9, 2008

Author: Brynn Grimley

Source: Kitsap Sun


As a mother, Lydia Sigo is concerned about her child's future. As a member of the Suquamish Tribe, Sigo is concerned about the next seven generations and what their futures hold.

That's why the young mother attended an event held Sunday at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort, where environmental activist Winona LaDuke spoke about ways people — specifically Native American tribes — can reduce their impact on the environment.

"In traditional cultures, we try to look to the next seven generations," Sigo said. "My concern is trying to sustain the environment for those future generations."

Speaking to a full house, LaDuke listed ways her community on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota has tried to lessen its impact in what she considers an inevitable climate change.