Notable Quotes

Reaching Out

It’s time for us to reach out to everyone, even those who might seem to be "different." —Dan Terrio, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans

Sit on Mother Earth's Lap

Sit on Mother Earth, like a child in a mother’s lap. We are made from her, Mother Earth. No matter what tribe or nation, we are from the Earth and we will be coming part of her again. — Sam Benally, Navajo

Other Cultures

It’s important to not just be involved in your culture and what goes on in your world. It’s good to see other cultures and what you’re not used to. — Shawna Gutierrez, 15

U.S. Flag

If you really want a flag that represents slavery and oppression, fly the U.S. flag. We've killed Indians with that flag. This country has done all kinds of things wrong and hidden behind that flag. No one says a thing. — Drew Carey, USA Weekend, May 5-7, 2000

We Didn't Have a Dream

Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream." But we Indians didn't have a dream.  We had a reality. — Ben Black Elk


Our treatment of Indians...still affects the national consciousness.... It seems a basic requirement to study the history of Indian people. Only through this study can we as a nation do what must be done if our treatment of the American Indian is not to be marked down for all time as a national disgrace. — John F. Kennedy

Dinner Guests

[Americans are] strangers we invited for dinner 500 years ago that are still here. — Dovie Thomason, Kiowa, Apache, Lakota

The Environment

The environment is everybody. It's not strictly tribal. — Jesse Urbanic, Lummi

Our Ceremonies

We want to be able to teach these ceremonies to our youths so they continue with them because, if we don't, little by little they will fade away. — Gov. Carlos Hisa, Tigua

The Soil

The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power....The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing..." — Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux