Notable Quotes

We Are Going By You

We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow! — Chief Joseph's warning to the defenders of Fort Fizzle in Montana

Being Indian

Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet; to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes; bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart. — Brooke Medicine Eagle

What the People Believe

What the people believe is true. — Anishinabe

A Rattlesnake's Tail

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail. — Navajo

If We Wonder

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. — Arapaho

A Great Vision

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. — Crazy Horse

Of the Soil

The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged. — Luther Standing Bear


Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

— Chief Seattle

A Pebble

One finger cannot lift a pebble. — Hopi

Walk Lightly

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant. — Kiowa