Notable Quotes

You Are Essential

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this world.

Truth

It is time to speak your truth. Create your community, be good to each other. Do not look outside yourself for a leader.

The Earth

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents—it was loaned to you by your children.


Great Spirit Chief

The Great Spirit Chief who rules above all will smile upon this land ... and this time, the Indian race is waiting and praying.

What Is Life?

A little while and I will be gone from among you, when I cannot tell. From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go. What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

The Forests

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.

Prayer

When a child, my mother taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom and protection. Sometimes we prayed in silence, sometimes each one prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us.

Promises

They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

Of the Soil

The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged.

Dreams

Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.

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