Notable Quotes

Learn From Your Mistakes

The old people say, "Learn from your mistakes." So I try to accept everything for what it is  and to make the best of each situation one day at a time. — Dr. A.C.Ross, Lakota

Your Work

Your work is a reflection on you, and if you don't do a good job, what does that say about you? — Lee Sakiestewa

Hopeful People

Optimistic, hopeful people view barriers and obstacles as problems to be solved and not as the reason to give up or turn back. Positive people never, ever give up. — Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee


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


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


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


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


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