Notable Quotes

Our Ceremonies

We want to be able to teach these ceremonies to our youths so they continue with them because, if we don't, little by little they will fade away. — Gov. Carlos Hisa, Tigua

The Soil

The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power....The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..." — Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux


You have to learn discipline before you can become a leader. — A.J. Felix

Our Dreams

Many times as Indian people, we never think we can realize our dreams. Every one of you is important to the Indian people. — Dave Anderson, Ojibwa

Talking, Listening

The old people must start talking and the young people must start listening. — Thomas Banyacya, Hopi

Do No Har

Grandfather says, "You must not hurt anybody or do harm to anyone. You must not fight. Do right always. It will give you satisfaction in life. — Wovoka, Paiute

Our Past

It's a concern that we are losing touch with our past a bit, because our children don't realize just how much of our history is tied to cattle and ranching. All of us are proud to see them going on to college and doing well, but we do lose something. — Alan Huff, Seminole

We Are Not Myths

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoo. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. — Rigoberta Menchu, Quiche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1992

The Gift

One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me. — Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation


Although wrong has been done to me, I live in hope. — Chief Black Kettle, Cheyenne leader