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Sacred Gift
 Mary Beth Nelson, Pueblo/Cherokee

“We know we are related physically and mentally, but we also have to be related spiritually. We have to reconnect spiritually to come back together and work to be a family again.”  Ernie LaPointe, Sioux



"Every time we eliminate a defect, we build our soul, our inner temple. We ascend. like going up a stairway."  
Willaru Huayata, Quecha Nation, Peru





Blanket of Many Colors,
William Rabbit, Pueblo

"[The Old People] would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings."  
Cleon Thunder, Northern Arapahoe


Mother of Firesun of Water
Frank Big Bear, Ojibwe

“My elders said, ‘Know where your water comes from. Know your fire. Know where you are going to find your food.”  
Grandmother Mona Polacca, Hopi/Havasupai


Solomon Enos, Native Hawaiian

"Civic involvement is a fertile earth from which leadership grows. But also know who you are — your family, your culture, your values, goals and purpose. You can't look forward unless you know where you came from." 
Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Band of Ojibwe



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