Notable Quotes

We Stand

We stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant. ― Onondaga

I Will Abandon

I will willingly abandon this miserable body to hunger and suffering, provided that my soul may have its ordinary nourishment. ― Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

I Love the Land

I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father's grave is worse then a wild animal. — Chief Joseph

When the Earth Is Sick

When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, the warriors of the rainbow will come to save them. — Chief Seattle

Among the Indians

Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact. — George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

Never Give Up

There is but one secret to success: never give up. ― Ben Nighthorse Campbell

A Man in Your City

Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. ― Chief Seattle

The Holy Land

The Holy Land is everywhere. ― Black Elk

A Young Mind to Direct

If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the... present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian! — Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker

We Are Going By You

We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow! — Chief Joseph's warning to the defenders of Fort Fizzle in Montana