Notable Quotes

When Our Young People

When our young people can no longer speak their language, then cultural genocide has taken place.

Popular Culture

Popular culture seems to represent Native Americans as these mythical beings of the past and the heritage-month activities are trying to break down those stereotypes. People should know that we aren't a monolithic group of people. We are comedians, authors, singers, and our cultures are very much alive today.

It Does Not Require

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

I Will Follow

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes.

I Have Seen

I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.

My Father

My father, you have made promises to me and to my children. If the promises had been made by a person of no standing, I should not be surprised to see his promises fail. But you, who are so great in riches and power; I am astonished that I do not see your promises fulfilled! "I would have been better pleased if you had never made such promises than that you should have made them and not performed them.

Sing Your Death Song

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

How Smooth

How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.

Where Are the Pequot?

Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pokanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white man, as snow before a summer sun.

When a Man Does a Piece of Work

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.

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