Seven generation stewardship is a concept Urges That the current generation of humans to live and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. Citation needed ] It originated citation needed ] with the Iroquois – Great Law of the Iroquois – qui holds Appropriate to think seven generations ahead (about 140 years into the future) and decides whether the decisions They Make today Would benefit Their children seven generations into the future. It is frequently associated with the modern, popular concept of environmental stewardship or ’sustainability‘ but it is much broader in context (see the quotation below relating to „in ALL of your deliberations …“.

„In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation … even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.“ This is an often repeated saying, and it is more likely that it comes from „The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law.“

In fact, the original language is as follows: „In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion. the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you, but return to the way of the Great Law which is right and right Look and listen for the welfare of the whole world not only the past and present but the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation. “

Oren Lyons , Chief of the Onondaga Nation, writes: „We are looking ahead, we are making our way forward, Seventh generation to come … What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have? “ [1]


  1. Jump up^ An Iroquois Perspective. Pp. 173, 174 in American Indian Environments: Ecological Issues in Native American History. Vecsey C, Venables RW (Editors). Syracuse University Press, New York.