WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE

NATIVE AMERICAN QUOTES

"Winston Churchill was not entirely British.  His mother was American, making Sir Winston part Iroquois Indian." Rachel Blanchard

"I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism- those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people.  They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes."
Peter Matthiessen

"An Indian tribe is sovereign to the extent that the U.S.  permits it to be sovereign."
Russell Smith

"All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian."
 Pat Paulsen

"**An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward."
Chief Joseph

"Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century.We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done."
Russell Means

**"Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States.Ask any Indian."
Robert Orben

"You know what I hate?  Indian givers...  no, I take that back."
Emo Philips

"I heard stories from my mother's mother who was an American Indian.  She was spiritual, although she did not go to church, but she had the hum.  She used to tell me stories of the rivers."
  Tina Turner

**"Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government."
Buffalo Bill

"I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole, in my early years raised as an Indian."
Willie Stargell

"We all know the Indians were colonized by the Europeans, but every colonized Indian has been colonized by the Indian reaction to colonization."
Sherman Alexie

**"Under the veneer of Westernization, the cultures of the Indian world -which have existed for 30,000 years!  - continue to live.  Sometimes in a magical way, sometime sin the shadows."
Carlos Fuentes

**"The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that the man of another race will ever understand."
Charles Eastman

"If I could write a story that would do for the Indian one-hundredth part of what Uncle Tom's Cabin' did for the Negro, I would be thankful the rest of my life."
Helen Hunt Jackson

**"One day my cell phone started smoking and the people standing around me thought I was sending a text message."
Vaughn Eaglebear,comedian

**"Native Americans in the house, we're gonna party like it's 1491!"
Mark Yaffee, Navajo comedian

**“Don’t hide your identity, but embrace it and carry it forward.”
Kathy Hansen, Kiowa

“It takes time to build relationships.  I’m not a tribal member, but as a researcher, I need to honor tribal members’ time and not conduct research for the sake of research.  need to conduct research that makes a difference for the tribe.”
Nancy Fahrenwald, South Dakota State University

“It makes sense to have people who depend on a place also manage its resources.  Timber companies just don’t have to think about fish or the long term on the earth-- only this year’s bottom line.”
Guujaaw, President of the Council of the Aida Nation

**“We can do nothing by ourselves.  We all need you, all of you, whatever race, whatever culture.  We have to come together to protect what’s in jeopardy."
Gail Small, Northern Cheyenne

“Children don’t even learn about Native Americans because it’s not on the [standardized tests].  I still get students n my class who are surprised to learn that Native Americans are still alive. The level of cluelessness among the students is shocking.” 
Kathleen Brown-Perez, Brothertown Indian Nation

"I find it damaging to fellow tribal members to be told their language is extinct because it implies the culture is extinct and that Native Americans belong in the past."
Dr. Wesley Leonard, Miami


"There are those young Indians who call God a white man's God. But I think there is one God for everybody. As a Lakota, I think Christmas is the best example of this.To me Christmas is a holiday that cuts across all boundaries. It is a day to pause and to reflect on the past. It is a day to share with your loved ones. It is a day to carry on the traditions that have always been a part of our Sioux heritage, the traditional giving of gifts." 
Enos Poor Bear, Oglala Lakota

 

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