AssimilatedApril 17, 2015
The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call "assimilated," bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way.
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be intergrated. We don't want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don't want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.
The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this. — From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
All BirdsApril 15, 2015
All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason WakanTanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by WakanTanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself. — Shooter Teton Sioux
BrotherApril 10, 2015
Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book? — Sogoyewapha, "Red Jacket"
White ManApril 08, 2015
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
Our LandApril 06, 2015
Our land is everything to us. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it with their lives. — John Wooden Legs, Cheyenne
If a ManApril 03, 2015
If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. — Cheyenne
A ProblemApril 01, 2015
It is less of a problem to be poor than to be dishonest. — Anishinabe
Don't Be AfraidMarch 30, 2015
Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. — Hopi
ProfileMarch 27, 2015
I got in a fight with my girlfriend," I said. "I was just driving around, blowing off steam, you know?"
Well, you should be more careful where you drive," the officer said. "You're making people nervous. You don't fit the profile of the neighborhood."
I wanted to tell him that I didn't fit the profile of the country but I knew it would just get me into trouble.”
― Sherman Alexie
Peace of MindMarch 25, 2015
Peace of mind is the meaning of life. — Talisa Santiago