Notable Quotes

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

Native Youth

It’s time for Native youth to be seen and heard. — Christopher James, 16

Make an Example

By eating our traditional food and turning off our televisions, we can make an example every day. — Tex Hall


As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist. — Sitting  Bull