"There is a hue and cry for human rights -- human rights, they said, for all people. And the indigenous people said: What of the rights of the natural world? Where is the seat for the buffalo or the eagle? Who is representing them here in this forum? Who is speaking for the waters of the earth? Who is speaking for the trees and the forests? Who is speaking for the fish, for the whales, for the beavers, for our children? We said: Given this opportunity to speak in this international forum, then it is our duty to say that we must stand for these people, and the natural world and its rights; and also for the generations to come."
-- Chief Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation and the Iroquois Confederacy, in his account of speaking to the United Nations in Geneva