Cheryle Kennedy, Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

“My grandmother taught me that the first thing you do in the morning is drink water. This practice opens up your body to something that is pure, something that is good for you, and serves as a way of giving thanks. Here in Oregon, we pride ourselves on being environmentalists, but are we truly acting like it? The cleansing capability of our waters is eroding because of human pollution. The water needs our help to heal. Water helps sustain us and give us life. Now it is our turn to help water.”