Notable Quotes

Heirloom

Mother Earth is not a resource, she is an heirloom. — David Ipinia, Yurok

I Am Just a Woman

Remember that I am just a woman who is living a very abundant life. Every step I take forward is on a path paved by strong Indian women before me. — Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee

The Moon

So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power—a connection to the Earth and the moon—that men don't know about. — Cecilia Mitchell, Mohawk

Generosity

We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training. — Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux

Fashion

It's disheartening to see Native American fashion as cheap knockoffs. To change that, we have to be the voice for what Native American fashion is, instead of just complaining about it. — Bethanie Yellowtail, Northern Cheyenne

Our Stuff

It's our stuff. We made it and we know best how to use it and care for it. And now we're going to get it back. — John Pretty on Top, Crow

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, Teton Sioux medicine man

Conversation

Conversation was never begun at once, nor in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation. Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence to the speech-maker and his own moment of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regard for the rule that thought comes before speech. — Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief

We Know

We know our lands have now become more valuable. The white people think we do not know their value; but we know that the land is everlasting, and the few goods we receive for it are soon worn out and gone. — Canassatego

Where Today?

Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pokanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white man, as snow before a summer sun. — Tecumseh

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