Notable Quotes


I think sometimes people have a hard time accepting that the United States is the homeland of indigenous people. This is where the Creator placed us. And people get very angry and upset about the rights we have. If we shouldn't have rights, then who should? — Venida Chenault


Education can be one of the big cures for our social ills. — Jerry Fontaine

Native Youth

Native youth may appear passive, but they have a lot to say. We need to listen to them more and not shut them down. — Jana Mashonee, Lumbee

Your Culture

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


God made me an Indian. — Sitting Bull


Does this generation love justice enough to ask that it be shown to the red men? Have we not as a people fixed the brutal maxim in our language, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian?" We laugh at the saying now as a good jest, but the cheeks of our descendants will redden with shame when they read the coarse brutality of our wit. — Fletcher Johnson, United States.


Indian Policy

"Indian policy" has now been brought down upon the American people, and the American people are the new Indians of the 21st century. — Russell Means

Foolish People

There are bad and foolish people in every race. You have to judge them one by one and then you have to give them a second chance. — Imogene Bowen, Upper Skagit Tribe


Because woman lives so close to our first mother, the Earth, she emanates the strength and harmonious nature of all things. — Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa

A Vision

A vision without execution is nothing but a hallucination. — Kim Krokodilo, Elk Valley Rancheria