Notable Quotes


When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, 'ours.'" — Vine Deloria Jr.

Look Deeper

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

Hold On

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

— Pueblo Prayer


The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. — Ward Elliot Hour

Equal and Free

We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free. — Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Our Children

Our children were never known to cry of hunger, and no stranger, red or white, was permitted to enter our lodges without finding food and rest. — Black Hawk

We Start Small

We start small like an acorn, with a limited education. Then we grow roots and our knowledge develops over time. As graduates, we are ready to spread our knowledge. — Elaina and Nisha Supahan, Karuk


How do you embrace an unknown future? By education. We can make a change in our little world. — Mike Jackson, Sr., Quechan


Generations have struggled to learn, despite efforts to eliminate our traditions and language. Having a strong sense of yourself and your community is a great foundation for learning. — Agnes Chavis, Lumbee

Voice of the Voiceless

The voice of the voiceless must be heard. — Maxine Brings Him Back-Janis, Lakota