Notable Quotes

Spiritual Limbo

We all need a belief system. Christianity really disrupted the kinship unit. In the 1930s we weren’t even allowed to go to some of the traditional funerals. Now, our people no longer go to the Christian churches, and they don’t know their own Native belief systems. In a sense they are in spiritual limbo. — Beatrice Medicine, Lakota


The most cowardly way of quitting is hitting. — Billy Mills

Remember Who You Are

I never thought about my culture. But now I see. You always have to remember who you are, where you came from. — Priscilla Makil

Our Job

Our job is to leave more behind than what we started with. — Curt Holmes, Kalispel

Pick Yourself Up

Don’t listen to peers who say you can’t do what you want to do. If you fail at something, just pick yourself up and try again. That’s what I did. — Milton Paddlety, Kiowa

We Can't Be Selfish

We can't be selfish. We don't come here for ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our people, our tribes, are depending on us. — Casey Douma, president of Haskell Indian University's Student Senate


It's time to break the stereotypes of American Indians present in the entertainment industry. Our cultures have been co-opted and distorted by the mainstream media for the entertainment of others. — Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative

Brothers and Sisters

We may be different tribes, but we're all brothers and sisters. — Opal Gore, Comanche Nation

The Future

To see the future, you only have to look at the past. — Wilma Mankiller

Teach the Children

The most important thing to me is to teach the children, so that our culture never dies. — Blackhawk SanCarlos, Mohawk and Apache