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From the 2009 Native American Symposium
Southeastern Oklahoma State University*

"I want to become chairman of my reservation one day. Always remember who you are and keep your himdag -- what we call culture  -- within you."
Dwayne Lopez, Tohono O'odham Nation


Prototype for New Understanding #10
Brian Jungen, Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss-Canadian
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"...You take the most valuable asset you have [your culture] and reinforce it with the younger generation – the impacts are important economically, culturally, and spiritually."
Gary Singleton



Sun'aq Boys by Frank Peterson

"When you get older and you are ready,
your ancestors will show up to guide you." 

Joe Coyhis, Stockbridge-Munsee





Clay Sculpture
Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo

“For many years the government policy was to assimilate native people into mainstream society and essentially stamp out [our culture].  It’s a testament to the tenacity of our people that we have any native cultures or religions left in the United States. We are seeing a remarkable cultural renaissance in the tribal communities."    Walter Echohawk 


"De Soto was one of the cruelest conquerors there ever was. When Indians got in his way, he just ran right over them. That's probably why they named a car after him."

Richard Lederer


 Land of Enchantment
Woodrow Crumbo, Potawatomi

 "Reservations are prisoner of war camps, and we are under military occupation."    Richard Grass, Lakota, Dakota and Nakota


New Mexico Sunset, 1978
Linda Lomahaftewa, Hopi/Choctaw

"There is one God looking down on us all. We are children of the one God. God is listening to me. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we now say." Geronimo, Apache


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