Notable Quotes

Skin and Earth

It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing. — Chief Luther Standing Bear


The relationship between Native nations and their environment is sacred. It is the foundation of their cultures and world view. — U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka

Land of Winding Waters

I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father's grave is worse then a wild animal. — Chief Joseph

The First Peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk

I Am Poor and Naked

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of a nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. — Red Cloud (Makhipiya-luta), Sioux Chief

We Must Protect the Forests

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees. — Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

The Ground

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors. — Plenty Coups, Crow


If we embrace one human being, If we enlighten one mind, If we warm one heart, We have then done well. — Dragging Wolf

We Need to Come Together

We are living in a time when we all need to come together and help one another. The spirits say we need to learn to get along. — Nathan Chasing Horse, Lakota


Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their color is, or religion. As long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies. — Mandawuy Yunupingo, Yolngu musician