Notable Quotes


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


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.

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. — Nickole Fox

Traditions and Language

Generations have struggled to learn, despite efforts to eliminate our traditions and language. Having a strong sense of yourself and your community is a great foundation for learning. — Agnes Chavis, Lumbee

End the Holocaust

Together we can end the holocaust against the environment. — Haida Gwaiil Traditional Circle of Elders

Be Proud

Regardless of where we fit in, we need to be proud of our people. — Harry James Sr., Navajo


Everybody is so distracted by things for the self. They don’t care about their relatives anymore. The SUV shows how we feel about the environment. To turn this around, we need to go back to the earth and live with the earth spiritually. — Floyd Red Crow Westerman


Custer is said to have boasted that he could ride through the entire Sioux Nation with his Seventh Cavalry, and he was half right. He got half-way through. — Vine Deloria Jr.