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The 10 American Indian Commandments

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The 10 American Indian Commandments


This Thanksgiving weekend, while we enjoyed time with family, gave thanks for our great fortune as Americans and even let our 4th grader relay to us what he'd learned about the origin of the holiday itself, I did also manage to find a few minutes to do some housekeeping on the many images stored on my phone.  


One that stood out and stopped me in my tracks was a poster of the Indian Ten Commandments, which I had snapped on a stopover in Lee Vining, CA, several years ago.  Lee Vining is a small town (graduating high school class that year was 15...) with as rich a history as California goes.  Its few weather-beaten homes are perched on the harsh but beautiful slope of the High Sierra, directly below Yosemite to west and Mono Lake to the east.  Just by looking at the place, I would have imagined that life there happens close to the earth, though any need to wonder further was quickly dispelled by the Inyo County food bank poster directly next to the image above --- life here has always been tough and reliance on oneself, others and the land involves constant responsibility, respect and gratitude.  The wisdom of the first people to occupy this land applies to us all today and will remain timeless:


  1. Remain close to the great spirit.
  2. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
  3. Give assistance wherever needed.
  4. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  5. Do what you know to be right.
  6. Look after the being of mind and body.
  7. Take responsibility for your actions.
  8. Dedicate your efforts to the greater good.
  9. Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
  10. Treat the Earth and all there with respect.


Happy Thanksgiving,



Rob Spinosa
SVP of Mortgage Lending

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Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

If only we could follow these rules, but the business school has dictated that we must take advantage to get ahead. Good thoughts and blessings to you in the new year.

Nov 26, 2022 10:05 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Rob - thank you for sharing this "find".  It's a great discovery.  


And I'm back after a brief interruption thanks to my Spectrum Internet Interruption Service - Carol Williams - I think this is a candidate for SCS Second Chance Saturday.  Thanksgiving continues and it has existed for a long (very long) time.  

Nov 26, 2022 12:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Rob- I think we should all copy these commandments and look at them every morning as we begin our day. 

Nov 26, 2022 06:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 26, 2022 06:32 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

What great virtues! How beautiful to share. Thank you!!

Nov 27, 2022 06:11 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am glad that Kathy Streib chose to include you in her weekly selection - enjoyed reading it and the comments!  Great advice to all of us

Nov 27, 2022 06:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a great list, that is just as appropriate today as it was when written.

Nov 27, 2022 07:50 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That was stolen get stronger as the days go on, as far as I can see

Nov 27, 2022 10:43 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Rob - I am so glad the Kathy included your post.  What a wonderful message for Thanksgiving.

Nov 28, 2022 03:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Rob,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured you post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. What a special find I think like Kathy I'll hang this on my mirror to see each morning!

Nov 28, 2022 08:45 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

Mar 31, 2023 05:46 AM