Notable Quotes

Faith

Have as much faith in yourself as you do in your family and your people. — Rebecca Payne, 22, Athabascan

Mascots

The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in school and university athletic programs is particularly troubling. Schools and universities are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and, too often, insulting images of American Indians. And these negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students. — Ronald F. Levant, President, American Psychological Association

Inner Self

By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions, a person may be guided to safety. — Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), Lakota

A Great Work

When you begin a great work, you can't expect to finish it all at once. — Teedyuscung, Delaware

Serve Others

We begin by letting the powers know that we are willing to be their servants to others. — Fools Crow, Lakota

No Celebrating Columbus

As Italian-Americans, we can celebrate our heritage, but we don't need to be celebrating Columbus. — Richard Castaldo, one of those injured in the Columbine High School massacre.

Living Two Lives

People need to understand who we are today, and the struggles we’ve had to go through just to remain who we are, just to live our culture. We’re part of mainstream America but we still have to live in two lives. — Chief Steve Adkins, Chickahominy

Native Youth

Native youth may appear passive, but they have a lot to say. We need to listen to them more and not shut them down. — Jana Mashonee, Lumbee

As a Native Woman

Nine out of 10 people think that as a Native American woman, I'm supposed to look like either that Land-O-Lakes butter girl, or Disney's Pocahontas. — Charlotte Chinanao, Dineh and Jemez youth activist.

Education

We understand education is our way up; it is freedom for our people. — Joy Culbreath, Choctaw

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