Notable Quotes

I Have Heard

I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief


Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

—Chief Seattle, 1854

Great Things

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. — Seneca


Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. — Sioux

Involve Me

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. — Tribe Unknown

If We Embrace

If we embrace one human being, If we enlighten one mind, If we warm one heart, we have then done well. — Dragging Wolf

Native Woman

Nine out of 10 people think that as a Native American woman, I'm supposed to look like either that Land-O-Lakes butter girl, or Disney's Pocahontas. — Charlotte Chinanao, Dineh and Jemez youth activist.

We Were Here

We were here prior to U.S. nationhood. The average American needs to get off the fallacy we're going to be like everybody else. It's not going to happen. — Cedric Sunray

My Reason

My reason teaches me that land cannot be sold. The Great Spirit gave it to his children to live upon. So long as they occupy and cultivate it, they have a right to the soil. Nothing can be sold but such things as can be carried away. — Black Hawk

We Do Not Own

We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us? — Sealth