Notable Quotes

Justice

Does this generation love justice enough to ask that it be shown to the red men? Have we not as a people fixed the brutal maxim in our language, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian?" We laugh at the saying now as a good jest, but the cheeks of our descendants will redden with shame when they read the coarse brutality of our wit. — Fletcher Johnson, United States.

 

Indian Policy

"Indian policy" has now been brought down upon the American people, and the American people are the new Indians of the 21st century. — Russell Means

Foolish People

There are bad and foolish people in every race. You have to judge them one by one and then you have to give them a second chance. — Imogene Bowen, Upper Skagit Tribe

Woman

Because woman lives so close to our first mother, the Earth, she emanates the strength and harmonious nature of all things. — Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa

A Vision

A vision without execution is nothing but a hallucination. — Kim Krokodilo, Elk Valley Rancheria

Education

Education, education, education! Alcohol and drug free is the way to be! — Shaylene Marchand, 19. Confederated Tribes of Colville

Faith

Have as much faith in yourself as you do in your family and your people. — Rebecca Payne, 22, Athabascan

Mascots

The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in school and university athletic programs is particularly troubling. Schools and universities are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and, too often, insulting images of American Indians. And these negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students. — Ronald F. Levant, President, American Psychological Association

Inner Self

By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions, a person may be guided to safety. — Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota

A Great Work

When you begin a great work, you can't expect to finish it all at once. — Teedyuscung, Delaware

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