Notable Quotes

We Are Not Myths

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoo. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. — Rigoberta Menchu, Quiche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1992

The Gift

One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me. — Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation

Hope

Although wrong has been done to me, I live in hope. — Chief Black Kettle, Cheyenne leader

Powerful

Take care of your mind. Watch your words, they are really powerful. Same with your bodies. Take care of yourself. You are very powerful. — Sam Benally, Navajo

Natural Nurterers

We are the natural nurturers of the Earth Mother. The Earth Mother needs our help, she needs our prayers. We need to educate the women of the world that prayer works. — Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, Takelma

Moral Obligations

The federal government has continually reneged on its trust and moral obligations to meet the educational, healthcare and housing needs of Indians and these needs far outweigh the imperceptible contribution that the proposed [2006 budget] cuts will make to reducing the deficit. — Senator John McCain

Our Language

When our young people can no longer speak their language, then cultural genocide has taken place. — Darlene Pipe-Boy

Prayer

It's really sad when a young person tells you he doesn't know how to pray. It's sad when a native speaker feels like he doesn't know how to pray. In Indian country, its all made up as you go along. — Allen Sockabasin, Passamaquoddy

Immigrants

Except for Native Americans, everyone else is an immigrant. — Vickie Whitewolf

Family

Family is sacred, sacred, and sacred. — Vernon Ray, Shawnee

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