Notable Quotes

Among the Indians

Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact. — George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

Never Give Up

There is but one secret to success: never give up. ― Ben Nighthorse Campbell

A Man in Your City

Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. ― Chief Seattle

The Holy Land

The Holy Land is everywhere. ― Black Elk

A Young Mind to Direct

If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the... present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian! — Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker

We Are Going By You

We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow! — Chief Joseph's warning to the defenders of Fort Fizzle in Montana

Being Indian

Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet; to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes; bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart. — Brooke Medicine Eagle

What the People Believe

What the people believe is true. — Anishinabe

A Rattlesnake's Tail

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail. — Navajo

If We Wonder

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. — Arapaho