Notable Quotes

We Honor

We honor the memory of our people. To do less is to treat them less and we cannot do that. — John Brown, Narragansett

Elders

When an elder is gone, what he knows, the songs, the history, whatever he didn't set down, that knowledge is buried underneath the ground. — Danny Lopez, Tohono O'odham

Seventh Generation

What our Seventh Generation will have is a consequence of our actions today. — Winona LaDuke

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

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