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Native Poems

Native American Commandments

Treat the Earth and all that
dwell thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.


Wae Wae Non Ne Mot,
Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin

"The Creator above is the Great Spirit
and the Great Mystery, His gifts are plentiful
therefore you want not. He holds out a branch
of love and protection and He draws you to
where the ground is undisturbed, where the air
is pure and the water is clear and clean
enough to give life. You walk, you breathe,
you feed, for you are pleasured. The times
when your heart is weak, your circle is out of
balance, He lifts you up again and draws you
to the good Menominee road, for He is strength and

(part of The Menominee Version of the 23rd Psalm)