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A Native American Environmental Proverb

A Native American Environmental Proverb

Standing Rock Water Protectors caught the attention of the world last year for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, or ‘Black Snake.’ Nothing new, really. Native Americans have a long-held concern for the conservation of natural resources. They are our oldest environmentalists.


“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.” ~ Indian Proverb

In one accord: “Go Green!”


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Robert A. Vella

    Off topic, but I was wondering about your hurricane experience.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for asking, Robert. Briefly, we were lucky. Irma had lost force by the time it reached us. Power lasted through storm in my building, but is off today. I imagine they’re working on electrical grid. Wind damage around. Flooding in low regions. I have hardly caught up on the local storm news. Doing that next!

      • Robert A. Vella

        That’s good news, it could’ve been much worse.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks. So true! I just published a little more about my hurricane experience.

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