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20 J. L. Bus. & Ethics 135 (2014)
Values Change for Survival

handle is hein.journals/jourlbun20 and id is 143 raw text is: VALUES CHANGE FOR SURVIVAL
Gail A. Lasprogata*
The keynote address commenced with an inquiry:
How do we instruct seven billion people how to live in
right relationship with mother earth?
Our speaker, Oren Lyons, is the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of
the Onondaga Nation and Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of
Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudeno-
saunee. This was how he began with us, a small collective of native and
non-native peoples gathered to share and learn from each other in fire
ceremonies and meetings over several days at Ghost Ranch, New Mexi-
co. I was blessed to be a part of this November 2013 gathering as I have
been blessed to be at four others hosted by the American Indian Insti-
tute in sacred places in North America since 2006.1 We come as teach-
ers, journalists, nonprofit directors, business executives, doctors, legisla-
tors, and activists. Each time we gather we have a mission to reflect,
discern, and collaborate on ways to make the world a better place for us
all, drawing on the knowledge of indigenous leaders who entrust with us
their wisdom and spirituality for that important purpose.
My purpose in writing this essay is to begin to share the wisdom of
the Indigenous Peoples that has been entrusted to me. This is just a
nugget of that wisdom to inspire your curiosity and reflection. But what
I share here is central to the teachings I have learned so far on my own
journey of moral and spiritual inquiry. My deepest hope is that the wis-
dom of the Indigenous Peoples ultimately finds its way to the hearts of
* Associate Professor of Business and International Law, Albers School of Business
and Economics, Seattle University. This article is dedicated with deep gratitude to Chief
Oren Lyons for his shared wisdom, and for providing the inspiration and title for this
1. The mission of the American Indian Institute is to perpetuate the ancient wisdom
and cultural heritage of North America's Native people, and to promote a greater
understanding of that wisdom among all people. See THE AMERICAN INDIAN INSTITUTE:
TRADITIONAL CIRCLE OF INDIAN ELDERS & YOUTH, http://www.twocircles.org (last visited
Dec. 21, 2013).
20 J.L. Bus. & ETHICS 135 (2014)

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