Notable Quotes

Life of an Indian

The life of an Indian is like the wings of the air. That is why you notice the hawk knows how to get his prey. The Indian is like that. The hawk swoops down on its prey; so does the Indian. In his lament he is like an animal. For instance, the coyote is sly; so is the Indian. The eagle is the same. That is why the Indian is always feathered up; he is a relative to the wings of the air. — Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man

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 (late 19th century) Teton Sioux medicine man

Communities

Native American communities have and always will be a part of modern America. — Jason Baird Jackson

Greet the Sun

To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember who is the real provider of all of our benefits. — Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

He Walks

He [Wakan Tanka] walks with us along the pathways of life, and He can do for us what we could never do on our own. — Fools Crow, LAKOTA

A Visitor

I always see America as really belonging to the Native Americans. Even though I'm American, I still feel like a visitor in my own country. — Nicolas Cage

 

How Smooth

How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right. — Black Hawk

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. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. — Ancient Indian Proverb

When It Comes

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. — Chief Aupumut in 1725, Mohican

I Am a Red Man

I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, in my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in his sight. It is not necessary for Eagles to be Crows. We are poor... but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die...we die defending. — Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Sioux

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