Notable Quotes

Family

Family is sacred, sacred, and sacred. — Vernon Ray, Shawnee

Always Remember

Always remember you are Indian. Do things to make your people proud. — Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee

All Things

All things share the same breath—the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. — Chief Seattle

Treat the Earth Well

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.

— Indian Proverb

Man's Heart

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. — Standing Bear

The Horse

Of all the animals the horse is the best friend of the Indian, for without it he could not go on long journeys. A horse is the Indian's most valuable piece of property. If an Indian wishes to gain something, he promises that if the horse will help him he will paint it with native dye, that all may see that help has come to him through the aid of his horse. — Brave Buffalo, Teton Sioux medicine man

A Long Time Ago

A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief

What Is Life?

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. — Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

Those of Us

Those of us who are Native, Asian, Hispanic or African American, we have been taught white studies since we were in the first grade. The only way to develop a stronger, better country is if we know ourselves. — Wayne J. Stein of Montana State University

Youth

And those youth out there that want to learn the culture but drink or do drugs, I would encourage them to remember that Tunkasila, the Creator, already forgave you--that it is you that have to know how to forgive yourself. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota

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