CivilizationMarch 09, 2015
I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man. — Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe
When You KnowMarch 06, 2015
When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive. — Chief Seattle
When All the Trees ...March 04, 2015
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. — Cree Prophecy
Look DeeperMarch 02, 2015
You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you. — Billy Mills
CityFebruary 27, 2015
Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. ― Chief Seattle
It Came to UsFebruary 25, 2015
No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country. We did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us. ― Luis Valdez
WildernessFebruary 23, 2015
Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life—that to the white man is an "unbroken wilderness."
But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.
For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.
But we were wise. We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard.
—Chief Luther Standing Bear
PlowFebruary 20, 2015
You ask me to plow the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mother's bosom? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest. — Wovoka, Paiute
Never!February 18, 2015
Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will cry with me, 'Never! Never!' — Chief Tecumseh
1868February 16, 2015
In 1868, men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they did not tell us truly what was in them. We thought the treaty was to remove the forts and for us to cease from fighting. But they wanted to send us traders on the Missouri, but we wanted traders where we were. When I reached Washington, the Great Father explained to me that the interpreters had deceived me. All I want is right and just. — Chief Red Cloud