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This video segment explains why Native people regard wetlands not only for their important ecological function, but for their spiritual value as well. For many tribes, wetlands represent life. They consider wetlands to be sacred places that must be protected from external sources of pollution, such as runoff from landscaping businesses and municipal discharges. Included is a background essay that gives a history of wetlands and the destruction they are now facing from human development. The many benefits of wetlands, like their ability to protect property from flooding. There are four discussion questions about the importance of wetlands and their functions. There is a helpful section that shows you the standards for your state ranging from grades K-12, as well as links to related resources.
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