"Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade
where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of
my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself ó and I will obey every law
or submit to the penalty."
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Credo of the American Indian Movement
"As long as Native history is treated as a separate field of study, Native
peoples will likely remain marginal to serious discussion of "colonial America,"
absurd as it might seem to discuss settler colonialism without accounting for
the people who lived in the areas being colonized."
"For over 40 years I have visited and worked with more than 300 Native tribes
throughout North America. One common belief, which permeates through all of
these tribes is their true belief in a Creator. This is perhaps the greatest
legacy our ancestors bring to present and future generations."
Albert M. Pooley
"The white people should go back to Europe, and the country should be returned
to the American Indians. This is the future I would like to see for the
so-called United States."
**"Itís like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already
here? What kind of shit is that, but white peopleís shit?"
"The American Indians were Communists. They were. Every anthropologist will tell
you they were Communists. No rich, no poor. If somebody needed something the
community chipped in."
"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [Indians]. Our
so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival.
There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were
selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."
**"The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the
whites are taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their
William S. Burroughs
**"We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn't think it
was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre."
"So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years,
and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was
surprised! A little naive, I feel!"
"I always see America as really belonging to the Native Americans. Even though
I'm American, I still feel like a visitor in my own country."
"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in
America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans."
"We owe an historic debt to American Indians. They have a unique set of concerns
that haven't been addressed, and I'd like to stand with them. Also, I'd like to
get their views on immigration."
**"A white buffalo is the most sacred living thing you could ever encounter." -
Lame Deer, Lakota Holy Man
**"Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to
change a small portion of the events, and then the total - all of these acts -
will be written in the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse
acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands
up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against
injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a
million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current
which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. "
Robert F. Kennedy
from the Circle p.
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