We have talked many times in this column about the three legs to the sustainability stool, and how each must be considered when making decisions about a more sustainable life. Those three considerations are environmental impact, human impact, and financial viability. This article focuses on the latter.
When I was very young, my family planted an apple tree. We treated it like royalty. We tended it year in and year out. Finally, one year a single apple appeared. We checked on it regularly, as if a family member was about to give birth.
“We have waited too long for the government to fulfill their promises. They have only given us handouts. We want respect which only comes from doing things ourselves. So let’s form a group that can successfully jumpstart economic development on our reservations. It will not be easy as they’ll have to do a lot of travelling and convince government people to work with tribes the Indian Way.”