Notable Quotes


We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training. — Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux


It's disheartening to see Native American fashion as cheap knockoffs. To change that, we have to be the voice for what Native American fashion is, instead of just complaining about it. — Bethanie Yellowtail, Northern Cheyenne

Our Stuff

It's our stuff. We made it and we know best how to use it and care for it. And now we're going to get it back. — John Pretty on Top, Crow

The Horse

Of all the animals the horse is the best friend of the Indian, for without it he could not go on long journeys. A horse is the Indian's most valuable piece of property. If an Indian wishes to gain something, he promises that if the horse will help him he will paint it with native dye, that all may see that help has come to him through the aid of his horse. — Brave Buffalo, Teton Sioux medicine man


Conversation was never begun at once, nor in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation. Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence to the speech-maker and his own moment of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regard for the rule that thought comes before speech. — Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief

We Know

We know our lands have now become more valuable. The white people think we do not know their value; but we know that the land is everlasting, and the few goods we receive for it are soon worn out and gone. — Canassatego

Where Today?

Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pokanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white man, as snow before a summer sun. — Tecumseh

Treat the Earth Well

Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. — Ancient Indian Proverb


They ravaged neither the rivers nor the forest, and if they irrigated, they took as little water as would serve their needs. The land and all that it bore they treated with consideration; not attempting to improve it, they never desecrated it. ― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop


I got in a fight with my girlfriend," I said. "I was just driving around, blowing off steam, you know?"

Well, you should be more careful where you drive," the officer said. "You're making people nervous. You don't fit the profile of the neighborhood."

I wanted to tell him that I didn't fit the profile of the country but I knew it would just get me into trouble.”

― Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven