Notable Quotes

Our People Know

Our people know that the land and the language are one. If we lose one or the other we are no longer who we say we are.

When Students Are Taught

When students are taught as respected human beings instead of being talked at, and these are two different things, students will respect you and want to work and understand more.

Each of Us

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this World.

We Are Now

We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood...we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.

The Land Is Sacred

The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.

O Great Spirit

O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.

Lose Your Temper

Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself.

Only After the Last Tree

Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

Our Land Is Everything

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."

One Does Not

One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.

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