WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE

NATIVE AMERICAN QUOTES

**"Everyone has to find the right path. You can't see it so it's hard to find. No one can show you. Each person has to find the path by himself."  Charlie Knight, UTE

"The Creator told everyone of us in our tribal beginnings to look after our ceremonies, and each other." 
Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

"We have to have one mind for the Four Directions. Until we reach that one mind, we cannot be filled with understanding.... The Creator will not answer until you have just one mind, just like if you have one person."
   Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN

**"Telling about our lives is important for those who come after as, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle."  
Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW

"Our Alaskan Indigenous villages have borne the disproportionate and negative impacts of climate change and are literally being swept away into the sea. At least three tribes must relocate and 86 percent of our communities are in danger of coastal erosion." 
Mike Williams, Chief of the Yupiit Nation

"For Indian people, our culture, the very fabric of our being is tied to the land. It is what binds us as Indigenous people."
Chief Thomas Dardar, United Houma Nation.

"As Hawaiians, we make connections through food and rely on our ike kupuna, our ancestral knowledge, of gathering and preparing these foods. The connection to place and our kuleana (responsibility) to care for our place is the essence of our culture."
Malia Akutagawa, Native Hawaiian

"The relationship between Native nations and their environment is sacred. It is the foundation of their cultures and world view."
 U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Native Hawaiian

"It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle." 
Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
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"As a Native Hawaiian, we have a concept called malama aina, which teaches us that we must care for the land and nature, so it can continue to care for and sustain us — and our future generations. It means that the relationship between man and environment is a reciprocal one."
   U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Native Hawaiian

"It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth... The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing."  
Chief Luther Standing Bear, TETON SIOUX

**"You are going to learn the most important lesson - that God is the most powerful thing there is."
Mathew King, LAKOTA

**"It does not require many words to speak the truth."  
Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

"Native Americans are essentially calling for righteousness. By this they mean a shared ideology developed by all people using their purest and most unselfish minds." 
Lorraine Canoe/Tom Porter, MOHAWK

"Soon you will see a patent on Becoming Indian, the new Mother of Invention. Made in China." 
Dolores Pompa (Lozana), Lipan Apache

"When everyone is an Indian, the Natives feel like a true ethnic minority." 
Joe Medina, Lipan Apache

“We often give our enemies the means to our defeat. Look inside yourself to find the origin of your downfall.”  
From the film, "Crooked  Arrows"

**“The voice of the voiceless must be heard.”
  Maxine Brings Him Back-Janis, Lakota

“What inspires these young ["Native American" people to enlist? “One important factor is the opportunity to continue a proud warrior tradition in which the deeds of battle are considered the highest form of bravery.”  
Herman J. Viola, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

"Flexible strength is better than inflexible. Let the storm flow over you, and then pop
back up." 
Michael Kabotie, HOPI

**"Aspen trees are connected by one continuous root...as are we."  
Kerry Steiner, Cherokee

**"The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.." 
Ward Elliot Hour

"And that, I guess, is what it all boils down to - do the right thing, everything goes fine; do the wrong thing, everything's a mess."
Robert Spott, YUROK

** "We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free."
Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Liberia

"Someone must speak for them. I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see no seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation."
Oren Lyons, Onondaga

"I am inspired by young people who love agriculture, leadership and the pursuit of their education." 
Earl Old Person, 82, chief of the Blackfoot Nation, MT

"Everybody wants a connection with one another." 
Earl Old Person, chief, Blackfoot Nation in Montana

"So let’s not speak falsely now, the hour is getting late.  Wherever we are going, we will probably all be going together."
Louis Alemayehu, African and Native American heritage

" The New World is in our hands, fashioned from the old ways and our renewal of imagination, a rebirth of wonder."
Louis Alemayehu, African and Native American heritage

"Complaint is just toward friends who have failed in their duty; accusation is against enemies guilty of injustice."
Tecumseh, Shawnee

"That spiritual power I wear is much more beautiful and much greater. We call it wisdom, knowledge, power and gift or love. There are these four parts to that spiritual power. I wear those. When you wear that power it will beautify your mind and spirit. You become beautiful. Everything that Tunkashila creates is beautiful."
  Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

"Our children were never known to cry of hunger, and no stranger, red or white, was permitted to enter our lodges without finding food and rest."  
Black Hawk, Sac

**"Have you ever noticed that aliens never abduct Indians. Too much trouble."  Joe Medina, Lipan Apache

"Scalping gives historical trauma a new meaning when you are in the ghetto and they tell you they want to buy your hair."  Dolores Pompa (Lozana), Lipan Apache


 

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