Notable Quotes

The Bottle

Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand. — Lakota

The Teachings

The teachings are for all, not just for Indians.. The white people never wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. — Don Jose Matusuwa, Huichol 

Change

If you're blaming people, they're holding you captive — and you're never going to change. — Pershlie "Perci" Ami, Hopi

Our Struggle

Our struggle is not about us, it's about our children who are the present and the future. — Dolores Pompa (Lozana), Lipan Apache
 

Sharing and Giving

Sharing and giving are the ways of God. — Sauk

Do Not Hate Your Neighbor

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself. — Pima

Cherish

Cherish youth, but trust old age. — Pueblo

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet — as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering — as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility — as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring — as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage — as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation — as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom — as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance — as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal — as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself  — as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness — as dry fields weep with rain.

— A Ute Prayer
 

Impact

I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when they were taken off the reservation, taken to the boarding schools, and pretty much taught to be ashamed of who they were as Native Americans. You can feel that impact today. — Chaske Spencer

Impact

I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when they were taken off the reservation, taken to the boarding schools, and pretty much taught to be ashamed of who they were as Native Americans. You can feel that impact today. — Chaske Spencer

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