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Former US President Bill Clinton addresses American Indian conference at Maharishi University of Management
by Global Good News staff writer
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9 October 2009
On 25 September, Ho-Chunk elders held a press conference,* at the start of a historic three-day symposium presenting solutions to the pressing problems confronting American Indians and native peoples around the globe. The conference, held at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, featured talks by top leaders, including former US President Bill Clinton.
'Thank you for the opportunity to address the Ho-Chunk elders' international conference on building healthy, sustainable American Indian communities. When I left the White House, I started the Clinton Foundation to address the global issues I cared most about, and areas where I knew I could still make an impact,' Mr Clinton said in his video message to the press conference.
'We're now working in 40 countries to end the HIV AIDS epidemic, to stop global climate change, to promote economic development and opportunity worldwide, and to halt the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Your programme initiatives for health, education, renewable energy, and sustainable communities resonate with our mission.
'American Indians are the true custodians of our land. You've assembled a panel of prominent experts to examine and share your innovative and highly effective approaches—approaches which are in harmony with Nature's laws and with Native American cultural practices. Your programmes and methodology have significant impact for dramatically improving academic performance, and reducing the stress and violence that permeate impoverished Indian and non-Indian communities.
'Your work has prevented and actually reversed the onslaught of diabetes, which strikes up to 80 per cent of native people. You've generated clean energy and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians by harnessing Nature's wind and solar resources. You've provided healthy nutritious food and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians through the establishment of organic agricultural greenhouses. And finally, you've safeguarded the precious land, language, and culture of American tribal communities, for they are truly the foundation for systemic change.
'I congratulate the Hocak Elders Council Inc of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska for developing and bringing forth a comprehensive and timely plan; and I congratulate the Hocak Elders Council Inc for already taking necessary steps to put the plan in place. Your programmes are replicable and they'll have a global impact. Thank you for all you do to bring change for healthy, sustainable, peaceful communities worldwide. It's now my pleasure to hand the conference back to its leader, Prosper Waukon.** Thank you, I look forward to working with you in the future.'
*A replay of the press conference was featured on the 1 October 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
** Prosper Waukon is a hereditary leader of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska. He is an accomplished businessman, youth development specialist, and organizational strategist. Mr Waukon shares with the Hocak Elders Council a tireless advocacy for the education, health, food, and preservation and restoration of culture for his tribe and the whole of Indian Country.
Replays of the press conference and first evening session of the symposium are also available at AmericanIndianSustainableConference.org.
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