Notable Quotes

Humankind

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. — Chief Seattle, 1854

Assimilated

The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call "assimilated," bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way.
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be intergrated. We don't want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don't want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.

The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this. — From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
 

All Birds

All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason WakanTanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by WakanTanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself. — Shooter Teton Sioux

Brother

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book? — Sogoyewapha, "Red Jacket"

White Man

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes. — Many Horses

Our Land

Our land is everything to us. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it with their lives. — John Wooden Legs, Cheyenne

If a Man

If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. — Cheyenne

A Problem

It is less of a problem to be poor than to be dishonest. — Anishinabe

Don't Be Afraid

Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. — Hopi

Profile

I got in a fight with my girlfriend," I said. "I was just driving around, blowing off steam, you know?"

Well, you should be more careful where you drive," the officer said. "You're making people nervous. You don't fit the profile of the neighborhood."

I wanted to tell him that I didn't fit the profile of the country but I knew it would just get me into trouble.”

― Sherman Alexie

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