Notable Quotes


Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will cry with me, 'Never! Never! — Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee

The Land Is Sacred

The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies. — Mary Brave Bird, Lakota

We Have a Choice

We don't have to say or think what we don't wish to. We have a choice in those things, and we have to realize that and practice using that choice. — Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Role Model

I've always wanted to be role model. I've always wanted to stay an Indian. I wanted the little kids to know that. — Norval Morrisseau, Anishinabe

Don't Be Mediocre

Do something of consequence. Don’t be mediocre. — Winona LaDuke


Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. — Chief Dan George

I Have Been

I have been to the end of the earth. I have been to the end of the waters. I have been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends." — Navajo proverb


If we can't protect the Earth, can't protect the sky; if we can't protect our sacred sites, then we've failed the world. — Jewell Praying Wolf James, Lummi


How many more times will it be necessary to repeat that the most destructive weapon of mass destruction in the world today is poverty? We must harness globalization. We must turn it into a positive force for all peoples of the world. — Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva

The Classroom

We need more collaborative efforts from the top down into the classroom where the most effective results will be realized. — Ray Lorton, Chief Leschi School Superintendent