Notable Quotes

The White Man Says

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. — Tecumseh

Indian Against Indian

There is an internal attack — Indian against Indian. If we don't protect sovereignty, we will see termination. — Ron His Horse is Thunder,  Standing Rock Sioux

We Are Not As Isolated

We are not as isolated and uneducated as we once were. We have lawyers; we have political rights and a special political status. No longer do we allow encroachment within our own boundaries. — Ken Davis,  Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


[Elders] who have practiced ... ceremonies most of their lives are deeply concerned when they see their sacred ways of life prostituted. — John Gisselbrecht

Popular Culture

Popular culture seems to represent Native Americans as these mythical beings of the past and the Heritage month activities are trying to break down those stereotypes. People should know that we aren't a monolithic group of people. We are comedians, authors, singers, and our cultures are very much alive today. — Nickole Fox

The Hearts of Little 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

There Was a Time

There was a time when our people covered the whole land as the waves of the wind-ruffled sea cover its shell paved floor. But that time has long since passed away with the greatness of tribes now forgotten. I will not mourn over our untimely decay, nor reproach my paleface brothers with hastening it. — Chief Seath, Duwamish Tribe

The Stones Upon Our Mother Earth

For even the stones upon our Mother Earth shall weep their tears when we are gone. — J. "SpiritWolf" Vega Awarak

If You Listen

If you listen close at night, you will hear
the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred
- the owls, the crickets, the frogs,
the night birds - and you will hear beautiful songs,
songs you have never heard before.
Listen with your heart.
Never stop listening."

—Henry Quick Bear, Lakota


Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and  active principle." — Chief Standing Bear, Sioux