Notable Quotes

One of the Things

One of the things the old people taught me about the spirits was to never have a doubt.

Every Single Person

Every single person has leadership ability. Some step up and take them. Some don't. My answer was to step up and lead.


Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle.

We Are Invisible

We are invisible because the majority of people in this country are not educated properly about American Indians and grow up thinking we're historical beings who exist only in museums.

Great Spirit

Great Spirit: To the center of the world you have taken me and showed me the goodness and the beauty and the strangeness of the greening earth. You have shown me, and I have seen.

Survival of Our Nations

Survival of our nations depended on our children's activities, skills, knowledge and acts of bravery.


Rice is our most important grain, as a people. It's used to tell the story of our migration.

Hearts of Children

The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

I Was Warmed

I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.

The Indian Approach

Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.