Notable Quotes

We Are Now

We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood...we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.

The Land Is Sacred

The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.

O Great Spirit

O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.

Lose Your Temper

Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself.

Only After the Last Tree

Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

Our Land Is Everything

Our land is everything to us...I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it—with their lives."

One Does Not

One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.

In the Beginning

In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn: all things tell of Tirawa.

We Are the Natural Nurturers

We are the natural nurturers of the Earth Mother. The Earth Mother needs our help, she needs our prayers. We need to educate the women of the world that prayer works.

The American Indian

The American Indian has only one country to defend, and when you're picked on, the American Indian never turns his back.

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