Manataka™ American Indian Council
GRANDMOTHER L. COTA NUPAH MAKAH SPEAKS
The American Indian Code of Ethics
by L. Cota Nupah Makah - Waynonaha
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 the courage and strength to be
a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others
Special respect should be given to
Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders. Never sit and
stare at people keep your eyes down cast or otherwise busy.
No person should be made to feel "put
down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly
poison. Even when you know someone makes a mistake do not repeatedly
point this out to them and make them feel forgetful or lacking.
Many of us will forget in our life time and need not be judged in
Do not touch things that belong to
someone else (especially Sacred Objects), without permission; or an
understanding between you. We here in our home never enter another
person's room without permission as this is there Sacred Space. This
is their space as long as they are in our home.
Never walk between people that are
conversing. Use your instincts and pass by without stopping and
talking or listening.
1. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others. Do not try to convert or persuade others to join in what you believe or condemn them for not seeing things as you do. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart. You just might learn a thing or two.
2. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea in 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 Nations 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 can come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.
L. Cota Nupah Makah - Waynonaha
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