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WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE

"Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless.  Chief Seattle

**"We may be different tribes, but we're all brothers and sisters."
Opal Gore, Comanche Nation

"Before you go to war, you try to figure out how not to go to war."
Rony Reed, Karuk

"They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water."
Early Spanish account of Aztec popcorn.

"They toast a certain kind of corn until it bursts. They call it pisancalla, and they use it as a confection."
Cobo (Spanish), 1650, speaking about Peruvian popcorn.

"Our sacred sites are more precious than gold."
Phil Emerson, Quechan

"The bulldozer or backhoe ripping into the earth, rips into our hearts. Our inability to stop this destruction makes us feel as though we are failing our ancestors and our children. If you destroy the land, you destroy what we believe in, who we are."
Representative Nick Rahall

**“Youth can be the leaders of tomorrow – if we procrastinate..."
Youth advocate

"Education is your most powerful tool that you can give people. I don't care whether you're Native or any person of color."
Ernestine Werelus, Shoshone-Bannock 

"As musicians we represent not just ourselves, but our families and community. When I stand on the stage I am with those Oneidas who struggled, past and present, to protect our identity, culture and spiritual beliefs."
Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida 

"Music is known as the universal language, a healing force. Hopefully, when people hear my music, it will inspire them to fulfill their responsibilities to protect Mother Earth."
Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida 

"We must always fight for what we believe in. We must never tire in our fight. It does not really matter how we fight, what matters is what we are fighting for."
Dino Butler, American Indian Movement 

"We, the great mass of the people, think only of the love we have for our land. For we do love the land where we were brought up. We will never let our hold to this land go. To let it go will be like throwing away our mother that gave us birth." 
Aitooweyah 

"Great Spirit...To the center of the world you have taken me and showed me the goodness and the beauty and the strangeness of the greening earth...you have shown me, and I have seen."
BLACK ELK

"It's time to break the stereotypes of American Indians present in the entertainment industry. Our cultures have been co-opted and distorted by the mainstream media for the entertainment of others." 
Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative

"The Iroquois Six Nations Confederacy was the first United Nations of the North American Continent. Our Great Law of Peace serves as a guideline for our people and was used by Thomas Jefferson when the Constitution of the United States was being drafted. Our laws of Democracy have been admired and adopted by many different cultures. Not many know how important these natural laws are." 
Howard Lyons, Mohawk Wolf Clan

**"We need to all work together as a nation of one tribe, the tribe of Human Kind, to make this world a good place for all. That all starts with education of the young."
Howard Lyons, Mohawk Wolf Clan

**"The mind's eye changes the way we judge things."  Fools Crow, LAKOTA

"The difference between a Flower and a Weed is a Judgment ."  
Unknown 

"Learning the language helps to understand the thought processes that went into creating it and how the ancestors communicated with each other."
Gabriel Salinas, Luiseno

"We can't be selfish. We don't come here for ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our people, our tribes, are depending on us."
  Casey Douma, president of Haskell Indian University's Student Senate

"Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win." 
Cesar Chavez 

"We are invisible because the majority of people in this country are not educated properly about American Indians and grow up thinking we're historical beings who exist only in museums."
Rosemary Richmond, Akwesasne Mohawk of the Bear Clan 

"Because my roots are from Alaska. I'm the heartbeat of Alaska. I breathe, I walk, I eat what it offers from the land and the sea. I guess I want people in general to respect all the tribes of Alaska Natives. Because we are the very roots of Alaska."  
Mary Ann Immamak

"Listen to all the teachers in the woods. Watch the trees, the animals and all living things--you'll learn more from them than from books."
Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE

"We are the only species destroying Mother Earth!"
Chief Arvol Looking Horse. 

"Wanting peace is not unpatriotic."
Jackie Alan Giuliano, Phd. 

''The earth comes first. The weather is more than the weather. Nature is never a backdrop. The rain has something to say, and when birds are singing, the birds have something to say.''
Henrietta Wise

**"We must foster the development of our language among those who will be speaking it in the future."
Jack Anawak

"Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers."
Luther Standing Bear, Lakota

"Men and women have an equal responsibility to restore the strength of  the family, which is the foundation of all cultures."--
Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders

"A lot of times when I'm playing the flute, I catch myself praying. To me, some of the songs are prayers."
Charlie Rising Sun, Cheyenne

"Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and  active principle."
~CHIEF STANDING BEAR - SIOUX, 1800s

"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great  Silence alone!"--
Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), SANTEE SIOUX

"We were put here by the Creator and these were our rights."
CHIEF WENINOCK YAKIMA, 1855

"All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the possibilities of the present!"
Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK

"Many religions have been brought to this land. And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to respect all religions. And I still do that." --
Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE

**"If you look deep inside, you're going to find in yourself dignity, character, hope, beauty and dreams."
Billy Mills

**"Since the beginning, Native People lived a life of being in harmony with all that surrounds us.  It is a belief that all human kind are related to each other.......we believe we are related to all other living species:  the winged ones, the four-legged, the plant life, and the elements of life  - -  air - fire - water.  The sun, moon, stars are there to guide us......"  
Dennis J. Banks, 1984

**"There is one God looking down on us all. We are children of the one God. God is listening to me. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we now say."
Geronimo, APACHE

"Native people want to use 21st century technology, but they don't want to give up their culture to do it,"
Marty de Montaño, National Museum of the American Indian

"Eagle feathers are significant because eagles are messengers that carry our messages to the Creator. They bring messages back to us within the markings of those feathers."
Mark Denning, Oneida 

"We may be different tribes, but we're all brothers and sisters."
Kenny Scabby Robe, Blackfoot

"If you're going to do any meaningful work, you have to get out of the public eye and spend serious time in libraries. That's where the important things happen."
Vine Deloria, Hunkpapa Lakota

"Issues change as generations change, but I've tried to stay out front with issues that will be of interest to future generations."
Vine Deloria, Hunkpapa Lakota 

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