''Whatever the future holds, do not forget who you are. Teach your children, teach your children's children, and then teach their children also. Teach them the pride of a great people ... A time will come again when they will celebrate together with joy. When that happens my spirit will be there with you."
Chief Leschi, Nisqually
Photo by Lee Marmon, Laguna Pueblo
"From the time Europeans colonized America, the policy has gone from
genocide to assimilation. It's remarkable Indian people have
persisted with their languages and culture. Five hundred years
later, Indians are still Indians.”
"To heal will require real effort, and a change of heart, from all
of us. To heal means that we will begin to look upon one another
with respect and tolerance instead of prejudice, distrust and
hatred. We will have to teach our children-as well as ourselves-to
love the diversity of humanity ... We can do it. Yes, you and I and
all of us together. Now is the time. Now is the only possible time.
Let the Great Healing begin."
"The elders say, 'The longest road you're going to have to walk is
from here to here. From your head to your heart.' But they
also say you can't speak to the people as a leader unless you've
made the return journey. From the heart back to the head.
The Land Beyond
"We have to pick things that our
people have left along the trail. Everything wasn't passed down.
Too many of our people died too quick back then. They didn't have
time to pass it all down. So we Indians today have to go back and
find the things that got left along the trail. It's up to us to go
back and pick them up. We have to educate ourselves to know who we
are. That's what I mean when I say, 'Teach the children.' The
Grandfathers and Grandmothers are in the children. If we educate
them right, our children tomorrow will be wiser than we are today.
They're the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of tomorrow."
Eddie Benton-Banai, Ojibway
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