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

“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Linda Hogan, Chickasaw

“We must remember that the heart of our religion is alive and that each person has the ability within to awaken and walk in a sacred manner.”
Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit.” 
Walking Buffalo, Stoney

“All living creatures and all plants derive their life from the sun. If it were not for the sun, there would be darkness and nothing could grow the earth would be without life.” 

Okute, Teton Sioux

"Modern civilization has no understanding of sacred matters. Everything is backwards.”

Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

"Together we can end the Holocaust against the environment.” 
Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

"How can we trust you? When Jesus Christ came on earth, you killed him and nailed him to a cross."
Tecumseh, Shawnee 1810

“With children we always have to think about seven generations to come but yet unborn.”

Janice Sundown Hattet, Seneca

"You can't just sit down and talk about the truth. It doesn't work that way. You have to live it and be part of it and you might get to know it."

Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

"the water is sick...and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water"
Josephine Mandamin, Ojibwe, Mother Earth Water Walk

"We don't have to say or think what we don't wish to. We have a choice in those things, and we have to realize that and practice using that choice."

Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

**"Our circle is timeless, flowing, it is a new life emerging from death-life winning out over death."

Lame Deer, Lakota

**"When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things."

Frank Fools Crow, Lakota

"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

**Let's bring the old and new paths together. We will build bridges together and that will make us stronger.” 
Harvey Godwin Jar, Lumbee

"There’s no experience like having 10 people paddling as a team. It’s a lot different than paddling with one or two people in a canoe. It builds relationships and camaraderie. The next thing you know, people are singing and telling stories.”
Marc Gauthier, Coeur d’Alene

"Historical trauma is not only about what has happened in the past. It’s still happening now." 
Cari Michaels, University of Minnesota

**“Throughout the rodeo I always kept praying and asking God to help me keep calm and help my horses do their best and protect us. Just simple prayers to help me keep calm, knowing God was there with me, and I always thank God for everything he has blessed me with. Without God and faith I have in him, I wouldn't have made it this far. ”

Chelsey Dale, White Mountain Apache and "International Indian Finals World Champion All Around" winner.

“I believe it is good to own property, but better to own and preserve our traditional lands, churches, sacred and historical sites, and to provide adequate housing for our citizens.” 

James Floyd, Principal Chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation

"We call it the `sacred' red road because it is the road that will lead us to living the good life, an honest and healthy life."
Larry P. Aitken, Chippewa

"I'm very proud of my Indian heritage. I think it is an innate quality that Indians have to dance. They dance when they are happy, they dance when they are sad. They dance when they get married, they dance when someone dies."
Maria Tallchief, Osage

**"Heal yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness."
Willaru Huayta, Quecha Nation

"We have inherited an anguished history that should not be ignored, but understood - so it will never be repeated."
Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish

"The first thing that we want you to understand is that spirit has no color or race to it. It doesn't matter whether your skin is white, black, red, brown - whatever. No one out there is any better than you, and you are no better than anyone else out there."
John Peters (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag

"We cannot escape remembering the important things that have happened, and we cannot escape the awareness of the important things that have not happened."
Ralph Salisbury, Cherokee

Words from the Circle p. 32Words from the Circle p. 34

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