Notable Quotes


The greatest strength is in gentleness. — Leon Shenandoah, Onondaga

A Great Book

When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once. — Teedyuscung, Delaware


We begin by letting the Powers know that we are willing to be their servants to others. — Fools Crow, Lakota

The Difference

The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment. — Unknown 

The Bulldozer

The bulldozer or backhoe ripping into the earth, rips into our hearts. Our inability to stop this destruction makes us feel as though we are failing our ancestors and our children. If you destroy the land, you destroy what we believe in, who we are. — Representative Nick Rahall

Before You Go to War

Before you go to war, you try to figure out how not to go to war. — Rony Reed, Karuk

Old and Young

The old people must start talking and the young people must start listening. — Thomas Banyacya, Hopi

Retain the Language

If we had retained the language like we should have, the family structure would still be strong, It lies within the language, within the culture. — Zona Moss, Arapaho


With the arrival of the conquistadors began the extermination of 90 million natives of South America and destruction of all cultures on this side of the Atlantic. There is nothing to celebrate on [Columbus Day], unless you want to celebrate the death and cultural destruction of the conquest. — Marta Gordillo, Argentine


Don’t hide your identity, but embrace it and carry it forward. — Kathy Hansen, Kiowa