Notable Quotes


Except for Native Americans, everyone else is an immigrant. — Vickie Whitewolf

Hearts of Children

The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss. — Black Elk

The Single Difference

The single difference between a warrior and a gang member is that a warrior wants to be unique, develops himself or herself from within, then belong to a group and empower it with that uniqueness. A gangster just belongs.— Billy Mills

If You Don't Know

If you don't know something, ask someone who does. — Rosa Winfree

Brick Walls

Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things. — Jeffrey Zaslow

Walking Iron

A lot of people think Mohawks aren’t afraid of heights; that’s not true. We have as much fear as the next guy. The difference is that we deal with it better. We also have the experience of the old timers to follow and the responsibility to lead the younger guys. There's pride in walking iron. — Kyle Karonhiaktatie Beauvais (Mohawk, Kahnawake)


We understand education is our way up; it is freedom for our people. — Joy Culbreath, Choctaw

Respecting Our Heritage

It's about respecting our heritage. In many ways, we don't respect our elders, both our human elders and nature, what came before us. I think we need to undertake a fundamental shift in our values, to recognize that everything is a subset of the environment, and if we do not respect the environment, we're contributing to our own demise. — John Quigley, while protesting the cutting of a 400 year-old oak tree near Santa Clarita, California


Humility is probably the most difficult virtue to realize. — Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Not Living in Darkness

Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness. — Walking Buffalo, Stoney