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WORDS FROM THE CIRCLE



"Among Native Americans, tribal family names are a big part of your identity. And the language is also important -- it's the glue that holds our culture together."
Signaak, Chippewa 

**"As a child, I was punished for speaking my own language on the reservation. I make baskets now because I want people to know that we're still here."
Elaine Timentwa Emerson, Colville

"A quick peek at the Internet auction site eBay confirms the [historic Native American] sites are being plundered and sold piecemeal."
Kevin Jones, Utah's state archaeologist.

“Lori [Piestewa] was a warrior. Hopefully, people will look at Native American women differently now, and realize that they can do anything.”
Randi Boucher, Miss Hopi High

"Lines can be blurred when the spiritual seeker is unfamiliar with traditional Native teachings."
Jodi Lee Rave

**"If one ventures into another religious faith, it's best to know your teacher.
" Jodi Lee Rave

"Before the last of us leave this world, nuclear weapons should be abolished." 
Gnesuikin - an organization of Hibakusha, survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs

"This nonsense of brand names. Prada . You weren't cool unless you had Gucci. Tell me how ridiculous these big homes are. I bet nobody sleeps in those 40 rooms."
Christie Cook, Navajo

"Native American languages are in a major state of decline. The present and future language survival schools can turn this sad state of affairs around for at least some languages. Along with their languages are being lost eloquent speech-making and story-telling skills, powerful oral literature, philosophical  frameworks, environmental knowledge, and diverse world views,"
Leanne Hinton UC Berkley

"I think sometimes we are getting screwed by the federal government over our lands. We just have little places to live in." 
Jon Quequish, 16, Canada First Nations

“ Don’t listen to peers who say you can’t do what you want to do. If you fail at something, just pick yourself up and try again. That’s what I did.”
Milton Paddlety, Kiowa 

**"We can't change what has happened, but we can change the future for ourselves, for our children and for those yet to come. And we can hold onto those values that were handed down from generation to generation."
Tony Incashola, Flathead

"Diversity is a blessing, not a curse. Diversity is something that the Creator gave us. We have a responsibility to care for those unique values given to every culture."
Tony Incashola, Flathead

"Why didn't Mr. Jefferson send them to Antarctica or to Greenland?"
Joseph McDonald, Salish [regarding Lewis and Clark expedition]

"At the time, we had no unemployment, no alcoholism or drug addiction, no prison population, divorce was unheard of, diabetes was unheard of, our natural resources were so extensive there had been no environmental degradation."
Joseph McDonald, Salish [regarding Lewis And Clark expedition] 

"What you learn, take it with you and share it with others."
Tony Incashola, Flathead

"I am very worried about our future as a people. We have succeeded in keeping our language and customs alive, but our lifestyle is in danger because we no longer have enough room to hunt, fish or plant sufficient corn, manioc and sweet potatoes, the way our grandparents did."
Guarani parent

**"Our job is to leave more behind than what we started with."
Curt Holmes, Kalispel 

"Dear ones, ff you remember nothing else, remember that acknowledgment is important. You will notice that any time you praise a child for doing a good job, they want to do it again."
Vi Hilbert, Upper Skagit elder

"Hula is so good for you ladies ... so dance. Dance your butts off."
Angeline Locey, Hawaiian elder

"Know, dear ones, if you have grandparents, sit and encourage them to talk about the past, because they won't do it otherwise. ... Sit at their feet and beg them, like I begged my family, to tell me something." 
Vi Hilbert, Upper Skagit elder

"You watch babies learn how to eat, learn how to crawl, learn how to walk, learn how to talk. How to, how to. You learn all your life. You even die learning -- or you learn to die."
Pauline Hillaire, Lummi Elder

"Now some people think they don't belong, but they can't convince me. They breathe the same air I do, drink the same water I do, but they think they're different. Uh-uh, it doesn't happen that way." 
Pauline Hillaire, Lummi Elder

**"My dear, the trees do talk too. They do talk. You are part of the trees. The biggest problem is, we humans cannot speak the language." 
Dell Wihongi, Maori elder 

"I am not old; I'm ancient. And when you're ancient, you never get old."
Vi Hilbert, Upper Skagit elder

"Education, we say, is our buffalo of the year 2003 and beyond. That's how we are to survive as indigenous peoples."
Perry Bellegarde, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
Quotes
used "If we keep everything in balance, we are in harmony with ourselves and are at peace."--
Fools Crow, LAKOTA

"... to keep playing the game, stay focused and remember that there is always room for improvement."
Notah Begay III

"With sacred tobacco, it's picked from Mother Earth without additives and chemicals, and it's smoked only during ceremonial times."
Daphne Alexis

used "Nearly 48,000 American Indians attend 185 schools in 23 states either run directly by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or funded by the bureau and operated by tribes."
Associated Press

"The Haida people have always fiercely defended themselves; we have a strong warrior tradition. But, sometimes, you need friends to stand with you"
Darin Swanson, Haida

"I never thought about my culture. But now I see. You always have to remember who you are, where you came from. "
Priscilla Makil

used Getting [students] to accept history without guilt would be great. If we can get past that hurdle and see that Americans were not always heroes, we can work with multi-cultural ideas."   
Lesliee Antonette

"Our elders have always dreamed of a time when our story would be told by our own people." 
Chief Bob Red Hawk Ruth, Lenape

"I can do it.  I will do it." 
Richard Ironcloud, Lakota

“There can be no doubt that the tribe’s greatest resources are their children,”
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici.

"One of the first things Seneca children learned was that they might create their own world, their own environment, by   visualizing actions and desires in prayer. The Senecas believed that everything that made life important came from within.   Prayer assisted in developing a guideline toward discipline and self control." -
Twylah Nitcsh, SENECA

"It's in our backyard... its in our front yard. This nuclear contamination is shortening all life. Were going to have to unite as a people and say no more! We, the people, are going to have to put our thoughts together to save our planet here. We only have One Water... One Air...One Mother Earth." --
Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone 

used "Show respect for others -- each person has a special gift. Share what you have -- giving makes you richer. Know who you are - you are a reflection of your family. Accept what life brings -- you can not control many things. Have patience -- some things can't be rushed. Live carefully -- what you do will come back to you. Take care of others -- you can not love without them. Honor your elders -- they show you the way in life." --
LaVonne Rae Andrews , Tlingit

used "The trees are great teachers. The trees are great listeners. That is why we should meditate in their presence. The Great spirit is in every rock, every animal, every human being and in every tree. The Great Spirit has been in some trees for hundreds of years. Therefore, the trees have witnessed and heard much. The trees are the Elders of the Elders. Their spirits are strong and very healing."
Mary Hayes, CLAYOQUOT 

"It's the coolest feeling that I know that my grandfathers were some of the most respected Native Americans in history,"
Chris Handboy, direct descendent of Chief Low Dog and Gall.

"Refusing to call greenhouse gas emissions a pollutant is like refusing to say that smoking causes lung cancer.  The Earth is round.  Elvis is dead.  Climate change is happening."
Melissa Carey, climate specialist

"I started at age 8 helping with the buffalo dancers. It's like going to church. You can't take pictures of it or anything traditional. "
Chris Handboy, Lakota

"The language is going to be gone if we don't do something, and the best people to learn are kids in the developmental stage of kindergarten."
Annette Millard

"I never thought I could ever make a difference in my community. Now that I have, I truly believe every person has a spirit of leadership in them."
Lucretia Birdinground, Crow

"We need more Indians who are critical and who are not afraid to voice their criticism," 
Denny Gayton, Haskell Student Senate president.

Why will you take by force what you may obtain by love? -
POWHATAN, ALOGONQUIN

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