** “When students are taught as respected human beings instead of being talked at, and these are two different things, students will respect you and want to work and understand more.”
David Katzeek, Tlingit

“Intelligence is probably one of the most traditional things any human being has.”
David Katzeek, Tlingit

“Without linguistic diversity we will never know the capabilities of the human mind.”
Susan Penfield< National Science Foundation

My Creator, help me find time today to be quiet and listen to voice within me, knowing, also, it is you talking to me.Inside each of us is a voice.  It is a quiet voice.  It is a guiding voice.  If we listen for it, it will guide us, and help us avoid disaster.  It is especially active when we are afraid, when we are in doubt, when we are scared, when we need help, and when we get angry.  If we are excited emotionally, it is hard to hear this voice.  If we are angry, it's hard to hear this voice because it is usually quiet.  The best thing we can do is to practice getting quiet.  If we don't get quiet, there is another voice called the judge.  It tells us to attack or say bad things to other people or to judge ourselves.  This voice is loud and usually gets us into trouble.

“I started the Blessing of the Salmon Cer­emony in ’94 on the Applegate River. I wanted to restore our ritualistic way so people would understand, be re­spectful and be careful of what they’re doing to the earth.” 
Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Takelma/Siletz

“The Sundance is very sacred to our Oglala Lakota peoples. As you support the ceremony in a respectful way, something good will come to you and your people as well.”
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, Lakota Sioux

**“Everyone lightens. Each one of us is moving and vibrating as we become one as the light beings we are. All of us have been called. All of us feel the change and know the urgency of becoming One.” 
Flordemayo, Mayan

**“I converse with the wind. Everything is air. I call the wind as God. They sit with us and they sit on my tongue and they speak through me.”
Grandmother Aama Bombo, Africa

“Our people know that the land and the language are one. If we lose one or the other we are no longer who we say we are.”
Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Lakota Sioux

“The work I do is good. I always invoke God and the earth, the rivers and mountains- and of course the angels and saints- with songs and prayers in my maternal language, Mazatec.” 
Grandmother Julieta Casimiro

**“The universe does not belong to you, you belong to the Universe. ”
Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein. Yup'ik

"Words are one thing, but actions are another."
Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians

**“After the Chaos of this time, there will be peace.”
Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yup'ik

**“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

**"Today, I issue an invitation—to tribal leaders, to Indian people, to our partners in Congress and the Administration, and to all Americans—to join together in building this new era."
Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians

“I am collecting confirmation of prophecies that I have heard since I was a child from old people in my country. This prophecy about the Brazilian land-- that we would be a land to join all cultures, all faiths, all religions peoples of the world to be in to peace. And this we are seeing in our country.”
Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire, Amazon Rainforest

**“Every morning I get up and I pray for all sentient beings…humans, animals, even birds-- they all need happiness.”
Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, Tibet

**“True healing comes from forgiveness of oneself and others. The most difficult task is to forgive yourself. At the moment you do, you enter into a state of peace.”
Clara Shinobu Iura, Amazon Rainfprest

“Education is really the long-term solution to other social issues." Dan King, Ojibwe

“I like telling traditional stories to students because there are so many different versions “When I share stories, I always tell them, ‘This is how it was told to me.’”
Lois Liston,Tohono O’odham

“The importance of any story is what is it trying to teach you.  I’m O’odham, and I’ll always be O’odham, so these stories are a part of me. If I choose not to value my own culture, then I would have a conflict with who I am."
Ron Geronimo, Tohono O’odham

“There's so many Native Americans that coulda-shoulda-woulda but didn't do anything.  It's almost sickening how much talent is (there)."
 Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla Indian Reservation

Toss a stone into the water and the ripples are felt far away.  In the same way, the decisions before us today will be felt in tribal life for seven generations, and beyond."  Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians

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