Words worth remembering…

How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.

Black Hawk, Sauk

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.

Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

Chief Aupumut, Mohican

Behold, my brothers, the spring is coming; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbours, even our animal neighbours, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

Tatanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux

I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heapen and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people dream died there. It was a beautiful dream…the nations hoop is broken and scattered. There is no centre any longer, and the sacred tree is dead.

Black Elk, Lakota

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