For the first six months of my pregnancy, I was drinking highly contaminated water from our well. My daughter was born with severe medical anomalies.
--Elisha Yellow Thunder, Mother
Mni (water) is our first home. When we come here from the Star Nation, we dwell in our mother's womb- in water. When we're born, we're given a drop of water.
Water is our first medicine...it's sacred to us, we use it in every ceremony.
And we acknowledge that without water there is no life.
--Debra White Plume, Grandmother and Clean Water Activist