Notable Quotes

We Must Return

We must return to the level of trust our ancestors had with their children.


Rice is our most important grain, as a people. It's used to tell the story of our migration.

Each of Us

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this world.

When Our Young People

When our young people can no longer speak their language, then cultural genocide has taken place.

Popular Culture

Popular culture seems to represent Native Americans as these mythical beings of the past and the heritage-month activities are trying to break down those stereotypes. People should know that we aren't a monolithic group of people. We are comedians, authors, singers, and our cultures are very much alive today.

It Does Not Require

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

I Will Follow

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes.

I Have Seen

I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.

My Father

My father, you have made promises to me and to my children. If the promises had been made by a person of no standing, I should not be surprised to see his promises fail. But you, who are so great in riches and power; I am astonished that I do not see your promises fulfilled! "I would have been better pleased if you had never made such promises than that you should have made them and not performed them.

Sing Your Death Song

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.