Notable Quotes

A Long Time Ago

A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting. — Santana, Kiowa Chief

I Will Follow

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me—a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes. — Many Horses

I Am Going Ahead

You stay here. I am going ahead. — Ishi (Yahi), before his death.

The Environment

The environment is everybody. It's not strictly tribal. — Jesse Urbanic, Lummi

In the Old Days

In the old days, everyone who was born had a purpose, but that belief had faded away some over the years.  Now we are working with our kids to re-instill that mind set. We want our future to remain strong and to continue to move forward. — Jennifer Porter, Kootenai

Our Rights

We must act as a guardian of our rights. — Willie Littlechild, Cree

Love Your Life

Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long, and its purpose in the service of your people. — Chief Tecumseh 

Good Words

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

My Education

I got my education from my culture. My teachers were my grandmothers, and I am really thankful for that. — Mary One Spot, Sarcee

Old People

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