For Native Americans, a river is more than a ‘person,’ it is also a sacred place
If successful, it would mean lawsuits can brought on behalf of the river for any harm done to it, as if it were a person.
In the past, several environmental groups in India, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and New Zealand have successfully sought protection for rivers and landscapes based on this argument. As a Native American scholar of environment and religion, I seek to understand the relationship between people and the natural world.
Native Americans view nature through their belief systems. A river or water does not only sustain life – it is sacred.