Notable Quotes

The Earth

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. — Chief Joseph

To Remember

To remember who you are, you need to forget who they told you to be. — Native American saying

Do Not Lie to Me

You must speak straight so that your words may go into my heart like sunshine. I will not lie to you; do not lie to me. — Cochese

We Know

We know our lands have now become more valuable. The white people think we do not know their value; but we know that the land is everlasting, and the few goods we receive for it are soon worn out and gone. — Canassatego

Measure of a Civilization

I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are. But rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man. — Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Certain Things

Certain things catch your eye,
But pursue only those
that capture your heart.

— Old indian saying

Only When ...

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. — Cree Indian Proverb

May the Stars

May the stars carry your sadness away,

May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,

May hope forever wipe away your tears.

And above all, may silence make you strong.

— Chief Dan George

Peace and Happiness

Peace and happiness are available in every moment. Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: if the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears. Tell your people that, since we were promised we should never be moved, we have been moved five times. — Unknown


The greatest strength is in gentleness. — Leon Shenandoah, Onondaga