Notable Quotes

The Same Root

We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different. — John Fire Lame Deer, Lakota

A Responsibility

I believe our country has a responsibility to keep the promises we have made to the First Americans. And we must start with the young people, many of whom are struggling to find opportunities to improve their lives. — Former senator Byron Dorgan

By Love, Not Force

Why will you take by force what you may obtain by love? — Powhatan, Alogonquin


Although wrong has been done to me, I live in hope. — Chief Black Kettle, Cheyenne leader

This Mountain

This mountain has my heart. This land is our church. — Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader and tribal chief of Winnemen Wintu Tribe

Death of Fear

The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do. — Sequichie Comingdeer, Cherokee leader

Define Me

One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me. — Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation

We Are Not Myths

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoo. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. — Rigoberta Menchu, Quiche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1992


We have to educate our young people. We want them to be proud of their heritage. — Principal Chief Leon Jones, Eastern Band of Cherokee

Spiritual Power

That spiritual power I wear is much more beautiful and much greater. We call it wisdom, knowledge, power and gift or love. There are these four parts to that spiritual power. I wear those. When you wear that power it will beautify your mind and spirit. You become beautiful. Everything that Tunkashila creates is beautiful. — Wallace Black Elk, Lakota