Notable Quotes

A Song Line

We are all given a song line. That’s what you are meant to do with your life. When you do that, it makes you happy and it makes everything happy around you. — Paul Taylor, Australian aborigine

Good Words

Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. — Chief Joseph

Conservation

I'm interested in doing conservation work because like the word says I want to conserve the environment around me. And I know that it starts with me—that if I don't help no one else will either. — Teanna Andrews, SCA Urban Youth Corps member

Our Churches

Our churches are being attacked and our people can't go to them to pray. It's a fight against white men with gold in their eyes. — Suzan Shown Harjo

Come Together

We are living in a time when we all need to come together and help one another. The spirits say we need to learn to get along. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota

Not Just White People

America is not made of just white people. We all bring a certain quality to America. — Briana Welsh

Your Work

Your work is a reflection on you, and if you don't do a good job, what does that say about you? — Lee Sakiestewa

Optimism

Optimistic, hopeful people view barriers and obstacles as problems to be solved and not as the reason to give up or turn back. Positive people never, ever give up. — Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee

We Have the Right

As indigenous peoples we have the right to decide what happens in our territories and no development can happen without our prior informed consent. — Elder Irene Billy, Secwepemc Nation

Mascots

The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in school and university athletic programs is particularly troubling. Schools and universities are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and, too often, insulting images of American Indians. And these negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students. — Ronald F. Levant, President, American Psychological Association

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