Notable Quotes


Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more. — Edwin Way Teale

Reaffirming Sovereignty

We have to have a sustained national sovereignty effort. We must rekindle the [National Congress of American Indians'] effort to reaffirm sovereignty.' — Tex Hall, former NCAI president 

We Have Rights

We are not as isolated and uneducated as we once were. We have lawyers; we have political rights and a special political status. No longer do we allow encroachment within our own boundaries. — Ken Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

The Sacredness

In school, I learned that my people were savages. But now I see I come from people who were beautiful and intelligent. I see the sacredness of being Indian. — Carol Welsh, Sisseton-Wahpeton

We Can't Be Selfish

 We can't be selfish. We don't come here for ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our people, our tribes, are depending on us. — Casey Douma, president of Haskell Indian University's Student Senate

What We Believe In

We must always fight for what we believe in. We must never tire in our fight. It does not really matter how we fight, what matters is what we are fighting for. — Dino Butler, American Indian Movement

Tribe Follows Tribe

Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. — Chief Seattle

Our Ways

Native people have learned the white man's ways; now they have to learn ours. — Janice Toulouse Shingwaak, Ojibwe/Anishinabe Kwe


We all need the same things: clean air and clean water. We have a lot of work to do, but if we can combine our strengths, we can fight for what's right. — Jake Edwards, Onondaga

Losing a Language

Losing a language is a major setback for everyone, because along with the language, you will also lose all of the poems, the stories, the songs. And those things are of immense importance to all of us as human beings. — Anthony Aristar