Notable Quotes

The Sacredness

In school, I learned that my people were savages. But now I see I come from people who were beautiful and intelligent. I see the sacredness of being Indian. — Carol Welsh, Sisseton-Wahpeton

We Can't Be Selfish

 We can't be selfish. We don't come here for ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our people, our tribes, are depending on us. — Casey Douma, president of Haskell Indian University's Student Senate

What We Believe In

We must always fight for what we believe in. We must never tire in our fight. It does not really matter how we fight, what matters is what we are fighting for. — Dino Butler, American Indian Movement

Tribe Follows Tribe

Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. — Chief Seattle

Our Ways

Native people have learned the white man's ways; now they have to learn ours. — Janice Toulouse Shingwaak, Ojibwe/Anishinabe Kwe

Clean

We all need the same things: clean air and clean water. We have a lot of work to do, but if we can combine our strengths, we can fight for what's right. — Jake Edwards, Onondaga

Losing a Language

Losing a language is a major setback for everyone, because along with the language, you will also lose all of the poems, the stories, the songs. And those things are of immense importance to all of us as human beings. — Anthony Aristar

Great Spirit

He [The Great Spirit] only sketches out the path of life roughly for all the creatures on earth, shows them where to go, where to arrive, but leaves them to find their own way to get there. He wants them to act independently according to their nature, to the urges of each of them. — Lame Deer, Lakota

Education

Get an education, graduate and go to college. Then bring what you learned back to us and share it with your community. — Teresa Harvey

Time

There's only one thing that separates us from our ancestors, and that's time. — Andrew Abyo, Alutiiq and Aleut

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