Notable Quotes

Talking, Listening

The old people must start talking and the young people must start listening. — Thomas Banyacya, Hopi

Do No Har

Grandfather says, "You must not hurt anybody or do harm to anyone. You must not fight. Do right always. It will give you satisfaction in life. — Wovoka, Paiute

Our Past

It's a concern that we are losing touch with our past a bit, because our children don't realize just how much of our history is tied to cattle and ranching. All of us are proud to see them going on to college and doing well, but we do lose something. — Alan Huff, Seminole

We Are Not Myths

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoo. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. — Rigoberta Menchu, Quiche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1992

The Gift

One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me. — Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation


Although wrong has been done to me, I live in hope. — Chief Black Kettle, Cheyenne leader


Take care of your mind. Watch your words, they are really powerful. Same with your bodies. Take care of yourself. You are very powerful. — Sam Benally, Navajo

Natural Nurterers

We are the natural nurturers of the Earth Mother. The Earth Mother needs our help, she needs our prayers. We need to educate the women of the world that prayer works. — Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, Takelma

Moral Obligations

The federal government has continually reneged on its trust and moral obligations to meet the educational, healthcare and housing needs of Indians and these needs far outweigh the imperceptible contribution that the proposed [2006 budget] cuts will make to reducing the deficit. — Senator John McCain

Our Language

When our young people can no longer speak their language, then cultural genocide has taken place. — Darlene Pipe-Boy