WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE

NATIVE AMERICAN QUOTES

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
J
imi Hendrix, Cherokee Heritage

"I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit. All things - and I mean ALL things - have their own will
and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to be respected."
Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

"It's very hard to do things in the right manner, but as long as we do things right, we are in turn with the Great Spirit."
Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

"They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." 
Popul Vuh

**"A redneck told me to go back where I came from, so I put up a teepee in his back yard.
Charlie Hill,  Oneida-Mohawk-Cree

"We do not want riches, but we want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches, we want peace and love."
Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota

"Our Spiritual belief is that we were created as part of the land - so our identity, our names, and our songs are all tied to the land."
Chief Roderick Robinson, Nisga'A

"It seems that if Elders can feel that you are open to learning, they are more than generous with their teaching."
Chief Councilor Leonard George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

"Every society needs educated people, but the primary responsibility of educated people is to bring wisdom back into the community and make it available to others so that the lives they are leading make sense."
Vine Deloria, Jr, Oglala Sioux

"I don't think that anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future, the future of the Cherokee people, and of the Cherokee Nation."
Wilma P. Mankiller, Cherokee

**"What happens when you let an unsatisfactory present go on long enough? It becomes your entire history."
 Louise Erdrich,
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

**"Grown men can
learn from very little children, for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things which older people miss."
Black Elk. Oglala Lakota

"The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies"
 
Mary Brave Bird, Sicangu Lakota

(**"We Indians really should be better liars, considering how often we've been lied to." 
 
Sherman Alex
ie, Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Colville-Choctaw

"My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. ...You have bought guns, knives, kettles, and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse you have drunk the poison firewater, which turns you into fools. Fling all these things away; live as your forefathers did before you."
Pontiac, Ottawa

**"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians... The white people never wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn."
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Don Jose Matusuwa, HUICHOL

 **“We must not ignore the painful history Native Americans have endured -- a history of violence, marginalization, broken promises, and upended justice. There was a time when native languages and religions were banned as part of a forced assimilation policy that attacked the political, social, and cultural identities of Native Americans in the United States ..."

President Barack Obama

"Search for the truth. Indian values teach the holistic approach to the use of technology for mankind's good." 
Al Qoyawayma, Hopi

. “We want the Government to respect our way of living and the society we want, and in which hydroelectric and mining projects as well as monocultures have no place.” 
Lolita Chávez, Maya Quiché

**"We have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That's what I mean when I say, 'Teach the children.'"
Eddie Benton-Banai, Ojibway

"A good heart and a good mind - those are what you need to be a chief."
Louis Farmer, Onondaga

**"When we want to talk to Him we burn tobacco and it takes our prayers all the way up to the Sky World."
Louis Farmer, Onondaga

**"Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their children's children even unto the Seventh Generation. That's the way we were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation."
--Leon Shenandoah, Onondaga

**"Education is the new weapon of Indian people."
Eddie Box, Southern Ute
 

 

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