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Seventh Generation Philosophy

Relive the toils and triumphs of caring for the earth from Wisconsin’s Native American communities – and the Ojibwe philosophy that drives them – in a new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin. Author Dr. Patty Loew profiles a dozen influential members from Wisconsin’s Indian Nations each of who employ the Ojibwe “Seventh Generation Philosophy” to make environmental decisions based upon how those decisions will impact the land for seven generations to come.

Loew, who adds a personal anecdote in each chapter describing her relationship with the subject, is donating all royalties from this book to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA).

Leaders featured include tribal genealogists, land stewards, preservers of language and culture, treaty rights advocates like James Schlender (Lac Courte Oreille Ojibwe), artists like Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), educators like Dorothy “Dot” Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians), anti-mining advocates like Walt Bresette (Red Cliff Ojibwe) and Hilary Waukau (Menominee).

Seventh Generation Earth Ethics includes new material covering economic, social and environmental advancements of Native communities. An e-book edition is also available.

The book launched Aug. 19 with Loew’s presentation to the WIEA Conference celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the passage of Wisconsin Act 31 that requires education about Wisconsin’s native peoples and culture.