Notable Quotes

Man's Heart

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. — Standing Bear

The Horse

Of all the animals the horse is the best friend of the Indian, for without it he could not go on long journeys. A horse is the Indian's most valuable piece of property. If an Indian wishes to gain something, he promises that if the horse will help him he will paint it with native dye, that all may see that help has come to him through the aid of his horse. — Brave Buffalo, Teton Sioux medicine man

A Long Time Ago

A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief

What Is Life?

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. — Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

Those of Us

Those of us who are Native, Asian, Hispanic or African American, we have been taught white studies since we were in the first grade. The only way to develop a stronger, better country is if we know ourselves. — Wayne J. Stein of Montana State University

Youth

And those youth out there that want to learn the culture but drink or do drugs, I would encourage them to remember that Tunkasila, the Creator, already forgave you--that it is you that have to know how to forgive yourself. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota

One Native Child

If one Native child is belittled or ridiculed for being of Native ancestry as a result of schools using inappropriate Native names and symbols, this is unacceptable. — Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. D-New Jersey

Our Land

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 Leg, Cheyenne

I Have Heard

I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief

Humankind

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

—Chief Seattle, 1854

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