Notable Quotes


We understand education is our way up; it is freedom for our people. — Joy Culbreath, Choctaw

In Order to Win

In Native American society, the only way to resolve a conflict is to have the whole group win, or it's not considered a solution. Everyone must perceive him or herself to be a winner. — Michelle Mitton

Strength in Numbers

Build coalitions among Indian Nations. There is strength in numbers.  Your vote counts now as never before. — Leonard Peltier

Hope and Resiliency

Hope and resiliency. These are your greatest strengths.  We can work together. Sisters and brothers, all of one human family. Your generation and mine. — Leonard Peltier


Have you ever noticed that aliens never abduct Indians? Too much trouble. — Joe Medina, Lipan Apache


The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. — Ward Elliot Hour

One Mind

We have to have one mind for the Four Directions. Until we reach that one mind, we cannot be filled with understanding.... The Creator will not answer until you have just one mind, just like if you have one person. — Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin

I Have Been...

I have been to the end of the earth. I have been to the end of the waters. I have been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends. — Navajo proverb


We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us their children. It teaches us to be thankful, to be united, and to love one another! We never quarrel about religion. — Sogoyewapha, (Red Jacket), Seneca

Wish for Peace

Brothers: My people wish for peace; the red men all wish for peace; but where the white people are, there is no peace for them, except it be on the bosom of our mother. Where today are the Pequot? Where today are the Narrangansett, the Mohican, the Pakanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the White Man, as snow before a summer sun." — Tecumseh Shawnee