Code of Ethics
The Minnesota Indian Education Association has adopted the following Code of Ethics. It is our expectation that every Board Member and General Member of MIEA adhere to and respect this Code.
- Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times; remembering that respect means “To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well-being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy”; and that showing respect is a basic law of life.
- Special respect shall be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers and Community Leaders.
- No person should be made to feel “put down”; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.
- Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.
- Listen with courtesy to what others say. Listen with your heart.
- The hurt of one, is the hurt of all; the honor of one is the honor of all.
- All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.
- To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation and the world is one of the main purposes for which we have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs.
- Observe moderation and balance in all things; know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.
- Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms: in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.