Notable Quotes

Pick Yourself Up

Don’t listen to peers who say you can’t do what you want to do. If you fail at something, just pick yourself up and try again. That’s what I did. — Milton Paddlety, Kiowa 

Know Your Teacher

If one ventures into another religious faith, it's best to know your teacher. — Jodi Lee Rave

The Best I Can

I apologize to my elders for speaking. I am young, and I am learning. I want you to know that I take the thoughts of all the people with me with a good heart each day when I go to work. I carry that good with me all day, the best I can. — Bill Mendoza, Lakota

A Cold Wind

A cold wind blew on the prairie on the day the last buffalo fell. A death wind for my people. — Sitting Bull


Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. — Cherokee Proverb


I think that's what unity is: Knowing one another and coming together and working with no conflict. — Chief Alan Wilson, Haida

Seneca Children

One of the first things Seneca children learned was that they might create their own world, their own environment, by visualizing actions and desires in prayer. The Senecas believed that everything that made life important came from within. Prayer assisted in developing a guideline toward discipline and self control. — Twylah Nitcsh, Seneca

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 

We Start Small

We start small like an acorn, with a limited education. Then we grow roots and our knowledge develops over time. As graduates, we are ready to spread our knowledge. — Elaina and Nisha Supahan, Karuk

Keep Learning

I want you to remember two things: keep learning and help others. —Karen Swisher, President, Haskell Indian Nations University