Notable Quotes

We Love the Great Spirit

We love the Great Spirit. We acknowledge his supreme power — our peace, our health, and our happiness depend upon him. —  Petalesharo Pawnee

The Language

The language is very powerful. It’s the most important ingredient you have. — Albert White Hat, Sinte Gleska University


Have you ever noticed that aliens never abduct Indians? Too much trouble. — Joe Medina, Lipan Apache

One Root

Aspen trees are connected by one continuous root—as are we. — Kerry Steiner, Cherokee

That Spiritual Power

That spiritual power I wear is much more beautiful and much greater. We call it wisdom, knowledge, power and gift or love. There are these four parts to that spiritual power. I wear those. When you wear that power it will beautify your mind and spirit. You become beautiful. Everything that Tunkashila creates is beautiful. — Wallace Black Elk, Lako

Times Have Changed

Times have changed. The fight is very different now. We are going to fight with pencils and notebooks as well as with our intelligence. With pencils, notebooks, and our intelligence, we will survive. — Don Mateo, traditional Guaraní [Paraguay] leader 

If We Can't Protect

If we can't protect the Earth, can't protect the sky; if we can't protect our sacred sites, then we've failed the world. — Jewell Praying Wolf James, Lummi 

To Survive

To survive you've got to depend on each other, that's the way. If we didn't get along a long time ago, and if the people didn't agree and come together and help one another, we wouldn't have survived the hardships. So, we have to learn to bring that back.  We have to learn how to put our differences aside rather than getting into "this person has more money" or "that person has more money", or, "this person has more knowledge" or "that person has more knowledge". We have to learn to get along. We don't have time to be arguing and putting each other down, there's no time for that anymore. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota 

A Great Work

When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once. — Teedyuscung, Delaware


The old people say, "Learn from your mistakes." So I try to accept everything for what it is  and to make the best of each situation one day at a time. — Dr. A.C.Ross, Lakota