Notable Quotes


Music is known as the universal language, a healing force. Hopefully, when people hear my music, it will inspire them to fulfill their responsibilities to protect Mother Earth. — Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida

Our Sacred Sites

Our sacred sites are more precious than gold. — Phil Emerson, Quechan

Sacred Places

There is a price to pay, a payment that has to happen to protect sacred places. — Tim Mentz, Standing Rock Sioux



Except for Native Americans, everyone else is an immigrant. — Vickie Whitewolf

Hearts of Children

The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss. — Black Elk

The Single Difference

The single difference between a warrior and a gang member is that a warrior wants to be unique, develops himself or herself from within, then belong to a group and empower it with that uniqueness. A gangster just belongs.— Billy Mills

If You Don't Know

If you don't know something, ask someone who does. — Rosa Winfree

Brick Walls

Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things. — Jeffrey Zaslow

Walking Iron

A lot of people think Mohawks aren’t afraid of heights; that’s not true. We have as much fear as the next guy. The difference is that we deal with it better. We also have the experience of the old timers to follow and the responsibility to lead the younger guys. There's pride in walking iron. — Kyle Karonhiaktatie Beauvais (Mohawk, Kahnawake)


We understand education is our way up; it is freedom for our people. — Joy Culbreath, Choctaw