Notable Quotes

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

Respecting Our Heritage

It's about respecting our heritage. In many ways, we don't respect our elders, both our human elders and nature, what came before us. I think we need to undertake a fundamental shift in our values, to recognize that everything is a subset of the environment, and if we do not respect the environment, we're contributing to our own demise. — John Quigley, while protesting the cutting of a 400 year-old oak tree near Santa Clarita, California


Humility is probably the most difficult virtue to realize. — Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Not Living in Darkness

Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness. — Walking Buffalo, Stoney

We Dance

We dance for those that cannot dance. It's like a healing. — Malcolm Murphy, 12


I like telling traditional stories to students because there are so many different versions. When I share stories, I always tell them, "This is how it was told to me." — Lois Liston, Tohono O’odham



Words are one thing, but actions are another. — Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians


When students are taught as respected human beings instead of being talked at—and these are two different things—students will respect you and want to work and understand more. — David Katzeek, Tlingit

Common Danger

Think not that you can remain passive and indifferent to the common danger, and thus escape the common fate. — Tecumseh