NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN TRADITIONAL CODE OF ETHICS


This article is from the "Inter-Tribal Times" - October 1994

1. Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks
for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has
given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day.  Consider
your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and
strength to be a better person.  Seek for the things that will benefit others
(everyone).

2. Respect:  Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or
something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something
with deference or courtesy".  Showing respect is a basic law of life.

a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with
respect at all times.

b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and
Community Leaders.

c.  No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other
hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

d.  Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects)
without permission, or an understanding between you.

e.  Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet
moment or personal space.

f.  Never walk between people that are conversing.

g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.

h.  Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders,
strangers or others to whom special respect is due.

i.  Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are
present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).

j.  Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or
not.

k.  Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother.  Show deep respect
for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to
pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.

l.  Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.

m.  Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they
are saying is worthless.  Listen with your heart.

n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council.  Once you give an idea to a
council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. 
Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council
and that you do not insist that your idea prevail.  Indeed you should freely
support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas
are quite different from the ones you have contributed.  The clash of ideas
brings forth the Spark of Truth.



3. Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no
one speak secretly against what has been decided.  If the council has made an
error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.

4.  Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions.

5.  Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best
food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service
to your guests.

6.  The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.

7.
  Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the
human family.

8. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored
flowers of one meadow.  All are beautiful.  As children of the Creator they
must all be respected.

9. To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the
world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. 
Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important
talks.  True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the
service of others.

10.  Observe moderation and balance in all things.

11.
  Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that
lead to your destruction.

12.
  Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart.   Expect guidance
to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and
in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

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Comment by Interbeauty on May 11, 2011 at 6:53pm
thanks for posting this..WBV!
Comment by White Knight on May 10, 2011 at 10:25pm
Great Code of Ethnics Jon, some of these I already follow but others did not come to mind until now, thanks for reminding me :P

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