Notable Quotes

Harmony

Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. — Chief Dan George

Dominant Society

The dominant society teaches us to be in front, be aggressive. Our culture teaches us not to compete but to cooperate with each other, to find balance [and] unity. We go as fast as the slowest person. The warriors need to lead from the back. — Phillip Whiteman, Northern Cheyenne

I Think Over

I think over again my small adventures
My fears, those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world."

— Unknown Inuit

A Very Great Vision

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. — Crazy Horse

One

Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike—brothers of one father and one another, with one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all. — Chief Joseph

Everything Is Equal

Everything really is equal. The Creator doesn't look at me any better than He looks at the trees. We're all the same. — Janice Sundown Hattet, Seneca

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

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