Notable Quotes

Humor

It's impossible to write about Native life without humor—that's how people maintain sanity. — Louise Erdrich

Better Lives

A handful of tribal leaders gathered to fight assimilation and termination and now we carry on their work by promoting tribal sovereignty, strengthening our government-to-government relationships with the U.S. government, and working tirelessly so that Native people can have better lives. — Joe Garcia, former president, National Congress of the American Indian

Broken Promises

Broken promises to Indians. The cycle does repeat itself, doesn't it? — Chief Ken Adams, Upper Mattaponi

Unacceptable

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

Tunkasila

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

Coulda-Woulda

There's so many Native Americans that coulda-shoulda-woulda but didn't do anything.  It's almost sickening how much talent is (there). — Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla Indian Reservation

Know

My elders said, "Know where your water comes from. Know your fire. Know where you are going to find your food." — Grandmother Mona Polacca, Hopi/Havasupai

Chaos

After the chaos of this time, there will be peace. — Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yup'ik

A Price to Pay

There is a price to pay, a payment that has to happen to protect sacred places. — Tim Mentz, Standing Rock Sioux

Boarding Schools

There is still a legacy from boarding schools. All the way from a lack of parenting to feelings of oppression, to say nothing of the loss of language and culture. — Carmen Taylor, executive director of the National Indian School Board Association.

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