The buffalo is the symbol of respect. The buffalo, the land, and his resources are given absolute respect, for it is the condition of being honored. Respect the earth and honor the land that you stand on, for it is where you come from and a part of you. ” Mitakuye Oyasin” is Lakota for “All are related”. It is the idea that all living things are connected and cannot thrive without each other. Respect is a basic human right that must be given to all. Respect is essential for us to feel safe so we can express ourselves without fear of being judged and humiliated or discriminated against. Listening to your elders, mentors, and loved ones is a sign of respect. Being offended by another’s words or actions does not make you right. When you disagree, listen to others, be patient, speak politely, and be willing to compromise. Be sure to stand up for yourself when others disrespect you. Being respectful of others, being respected, and respecting ourselves increases our self-esteem, mental health, and well-being.

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