Notable Quotes

The Difference

The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment. — Unknown 

The Bulldozer

The bulldozer or backhoe ripping into the earth, rips into our hearts. Our inability to stop this destruction makes us feel as though we are failing our ancestors and our children. If you destroy the land, you destroy what we believe in, who we are. — Representative Nick Rahall

Before You Go to War

Before you go to war, you try to figure out how not to go to war. — Rony Reed, Karuk

Old and Young

The old people must start talking and the young people must start listening. — Thomas Banyacya, Hopi

Retain the Language

If we had retained the language like we should have, the family structure would still be strong, It lies within the language, within the culture. — Zona Moss, Arapaho

Conquistadors

With the arrival of the conquistadors began the extermination of 90 million natives of South America and destruction of all cultures on this side of the Atlantic. There is nothing to celebrate on [Columbus Day], unless you want to celebrate the death and cultural destruction of the conquest. — Marta Gordillo, Argentine

Identity

Don’t hide your identity, but embrace it and carry it forward. — Kathy Hansen, Kiowa

Bottom Line

It makes sense to have people who depend on a place also manage its resources.  Timber companies just don’t have to think about fish or the long term on the earth — only this year’s bottom line. — Guujaaw, President of the Council of the Aida Nation

Brave Man

An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward. — Chief Joseph

Traditions

Traditions are not laws. They're just agreements that people agree to do certain things at certain times with each other to keep order, harmony  ... Traditions have to bend and flex, and they have to meet the needs of the people in the current times. — Howard Bad Hand, Sicangu Lakota

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