Some of our chiefs make the claim that the land belongs to us. It is not what the Great Spirit told me. He told me that the lands belong to Him, that no people own the land ...
I am poor and naked but I am the chief of a nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
With all things and in all things,we are relatives. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
Let us boldly implement what our ancestors practiced and take the time to bring forth the knowledge, values, ceremonies, social and political institutions that bring out the spirit of every human child, no matter what age.
There are lots of people who are poor and forgotten. We need to remember the elders and what theyve done for us. We want them to know that we appreciate them.
What is sacred to Native people today was sacred before the white man came to this land.
The Great Spirit does right. He knows what is best for his children. We are satisfied. Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or to take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own.
Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. Our first teacher is our own heart. Judge not by the eye but by the heart.
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.
All birds, even those of the same species are not alike, and it is the same with animals as with human beings. The reason Wakantanka does not make two birds, or two animals, or humans exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakantanka to be an independent individuality and to rely on its self.
Every part of this earth is SACRED to my people. We are part of of the earth and it's part of us.
We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood... we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence ... What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.
The earth and myself are of one mind.
Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food. When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
Man has responsiblity, not power.
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.
Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact.
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