Notable Quotes

Those of Us

Those of us who are Native, Asian, Hispanic or African American, we have been taught white studies since we were in the first grade. The only way to develop a stronger, better country is if we know ourselves. — Wayne J. Stein of Montana State University

One Native Child

If one Native child is belittled or ridiculed for being of Native ancestry as a result of schools using inappropriate Native names and symbols, this is unacceptable. — Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. D-New Jersey

Our Land

Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it— with their lives. — John Wooden Leg, Cheyenne

I Have Heard

I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die. — Satanta, Kiowa Chief


Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

—Chief Seattle, 1854

Great Things

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. — Seneca


Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. — Sioux

Involve Me

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. — Tribe Unknown

If We Embrace

If we embrace one human being, If we enlighten one mind, If we warm one heart, we have then done well. — Dragging Wolf

Native Woman

Nine out of 10 people think that as a Native American woman, I'm supposed to look like either that Land-O-Lakes butter girl, or Disney's Pocahontas. — Charlotte Chinanao, Dineh and Jemez youth activist.