Tracking a careless traveler is easy. He or she will leave a trail of footprints, broken branches, and in today’s world, a path littered with wrappers, plastic and cans.
Fair weekend is fast-approaching, and we as a community will be challenged with the perspectives of people who come from other places to enjoy the hospitality, competitions, and landscapes for which we are stewards.
Cleaning is never taught to be a once-a-year event. Most of us are taught to clean our bodies, our homes, our yards and our workplaces regularly.
In the Navajo culture, a clean home reflects a clean mind. This belief is shared by many cultures and does not end at one’s doorstep.
The land mirrors our values as a people. A community of people who care about their environment — the place they will leave to their children and grandchildren — will not only say that we should care for our land and how it looks, but will act on those words. No one would have to say we care about our community if we showed it in our actions regularly.
One way we can show how we care for Eagle Butte is to clean up the trash that lines the roadways — not just for fair and all of the guests that the fair events bring — but for us and for our children and grandchildren who will know us by what we leave for them.
The time to pick up trash is always now. When we walk the streets and see a bag flapping on a fence, and a can smashed against the curb, we should pick them up and deposit them in the nearest trash can or dumpster.
If each person that walked past or drove past the old bingo hall or Mini-mart picked up one or two trash items from the ground, it would not be long before there were no trash items on the ground at all.
Positivity creates positivity, and cleaning up our community and keeping it clean can cause other communities to follow suit.
It starts with each one of us, our families, our community, our state, and our nation
We are stewards of the earth. We need to protect and defend her.
We need to live the change we say we want — to respect Our Sacred Mother, the Earth — for ourselves and for future generations of two-legged and four-legged animals, for the fish of the waters and the foul of the air, for the insects and reptiles — and this weekend, for the CRST Fair attendees.
Let’s pick up our trash and keep it picked up. Let’s start now.