Notable Quotes

Wakan Tanka

All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason Wakan Tanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakan Tanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself. — Shooter, Teton Sioux

More Powerful Than Man

When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man. — Chased-by-Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux

Grown Men

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss. — Black Elk

My People

I want my people to stay with me here. All the dead men will come to life again. Their spirits will come to their bodies again. We must wait here in the homes of our fathers and be ready to meet them in the bosom of our mother. — Wovoka, Paiute

This War

This war did not spring up on our land, this war was brought upon us by the children of the Great Father who came to take our land without a price, and who, in our land, do a great many evil things... This war has come from robbery—from the stealing of our land. — Spotted Tail

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

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