Notable Quotes

Traditions and Language

Generations have struggled to learn, despite efforts to eliminate our traditions and language. Having a strong sense of yourself and your community is a great foundation for learning. — Agnes Chavis, Lumbee

End the Holocaust

Together we can end the holocaust against the environment. — Haida Gwaiil Traditional Circle of Elders

Be Proud

Regardless of where we fit in, we need to be proud of our people. — Harry James Sr., Navajo

Distracted

Everybody is so distracted by things for the self. They don’t care about their relatives anymore. The SUV shows how we feel about the environment. To turn this around, we need to go back to the earth and live with the earth spiritually. — Floyd Red Crow Westerman

Custer

Custer is said to have boasted that he could ride through the entire Sioux Nation with his Seventh Cavalry, and he was half right. He got half-way through. — Vine Deloria Jr.

Wildlife

Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more. — Edwin Way Teale

Reaffirming Sovereignty

We have to have a sustained national sovereignty effort. We must rekindle the [National Congress of American Indians'] effort to reaffirm sovereignty.' — Tex Hall, former NCAI president 

We Have Rights

We are not as isolated and uneducated as we once were. We have lawyers; we have political rights and a special political status. No longer do we allow encroachment within our own boundaries. — Ken Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

The Sacredness

In school, I learned that my people were savages. But now I see I come from people who were beautiful and intelligent. I see the sacredness of being Indian. — Carol Welsh, Sisseton-Wahpeton

We Can't Be Selfish

 We can't be selfish. We don't come here for ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our people, our tribes, are depending on us. — Casey Douma, president of Haskell Indian University's Student Senate

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