Wisconsin governor Scott Walker opened his 2014 reelection campaign this morning in typical fashion: At a campaign donor’s private business with a handpicked audience and select members of the press. Information about the location was not available to the public, nor was it made available to The Progressive, despite a request to the campaign for details of the event.
In the year 2000, a spiritual elder of the Ojibwe tribe in Northern Wisconsin warned of massive water pollution and shortages of clean water in the years to come. “What are you going to do about it?” he asked Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe grandmother. Mandamin could not get the question out of her head.
In Ojibwe spiritual teachings, women are responsible for water. Their special relationship to water spirits is related to women’s ability to carry and generate life.
This article is from the February 2014 edition of The Progressive magazine. For more great content like this, subscribe today and get one full year of the magazine for as little as $10.