Our mission is to preserve, protect, and restore this area of the Mississippi watershed based on the theory of Justice derived from Nature rather than the rules of society. As Indigenous Earth Stewards, we create a variety of opportunities for both traditional Native American and scientific ecological, cultural, and archaeological education and exchange to participants of all ages and nationalities, including conferences, wisdom gatherings, workshops, retreats, and sacred ceremonies.
"Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
Trafficking of children is a form of human trafficking and is defined by the United Nations as the "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt" kidnapping of a child for the purpose of slavery, forced labor and exploitation. This definition is substantially wider than the same document's definition of "trafficking in persons". Children may also be trafficked for the purpose of adoption.
Though statistics regarding the magnitude of child trafficking are difficult to obtain, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. That is more than the entire number of people who live in the State of Rhode Island!!
Grandmothers Circle the Earth, the Turtle Island Grandmothers Council and the River Sidon Peace with Justice Project are sending the message to these children that WE ARE COMING FOR YOU! Nothing will stop us because we have nothing to lose. Like a Stone rolling down a mountain we are announcing tonight that your Grandmothers are on our way and we will gain momentum as each hour and day goes by!