Notable Quotes

Optimism

Optimistic, hopeful people view barriers and obstacles as problems to be solved and not as the reason to give up or turn back. Positive people never, ever give up. — Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee

We Have the Right

As indigenous peoples we have the right to decide what happens in our territories and no development can happen without our prior informed consent. — Elder Irene Billy, Secwepemc Nation

Mascots

The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in school and university athletic programs is particularly troubling. Schools and universities are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and, too often, insulting images of American Indians. And these negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students. — Ronald F. Levant, President, American Psychological Association

The Apache

When I was young I walked all over this country, east and west, and saw no other people than the Apaches. After many summers I walked again and found another race of people had come to take it. How is it? Why is it the Apaches wait to die- that they carry their lives on their fingernails? They roam over the hills and the plains and want the heavens to fall on them.  The Apaches were once a great nation; they are now but few. Because of this they want to die and so carry their nails on their fingernails. —Cochise, Chiricahua Apache

Vote for Freedom

Combine Indigenous and general public voter blocks. Walk together in support of change. Vote unanimously for freedom. — Leonard Peltier

Who We Are

People need to understand who we are today, and the struggles we’ve had to go through just to remain who we are, just to live our culture. We’re part of mainstream America but we still have to live in two lives. — Chief Steve Adkins, Chickahominy

Traditions

Traditions are not laws. They're just agreements that people agree to do certain things at certain times with each other to keep order, harmony.... Traditions have to bend and flex, and they have to meet the needs of the people in the current times. — Howard Bad Hand, Sicangu Lakota

 

Hope and Resiliency

Hope and resiliency. These are your greatest strengths. We can work together. Sisters and brothers, all of one human family. Your generation and mine. — Leonard Peltier

Homeland

I think sometimes people have a hard time accepting that the United States is the homeland of indigenous people. This is where the Creator placed us. And people get very angry and upset about the rights we have. If we shouldn't have rights, then who should? — Venida Chenault

Education

Education can be one of the big cures for our social ills. — Jerry Fontaine

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