Notable Quotes

The First Peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk

I Am Poor and Naked

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of a nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. — Red Cloud (Makhipiya-luta), Sioux Chief

We Must Protect 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. — Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

The Ground

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors. — Plenty Coups, Crow


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

We Need to Come Together

We are living in a time when we all need to come together and help one another. The spirits say we need to learn to get along. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota


Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their color is, or religion. As long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies. — Mandawuy Yunupingo, Yolngu musician

We Must Comprehend

We must comprehend in each of our hearts and minds the two ways we human beings are free to follow, as we choose: the good way, the spiritual way —or the unnatural way, the material way. It’s our personal choice, our personal decision—each of ours and all of ours. — Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, Sioux Nation

The Course of History

In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now. — Wangari Muta Maathi, Kikuyu political activist


Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less? — Chief Arvol Looking Horse