DAKOTA Tribal Quotes

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.

DELAWARE Tribal Quotes

Good and evil cannot dwell together in the same heart, so a good man ought not to go into evil company.

When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once; therefore do you and your brothers press on, and let nothing discourage you until you have entirely finished what you have begun.
- Teedyuscung

HOPI Tribal Quotes

A lazy man is apt to be envious.

You are never justified in arguing.

HURON Tribal Quotes

Let your nature be known and proclaimed.

KIOWA Tribal Quotes

I love the land and the buffalo and will not part with it... I want the children raised as I was... I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.
- Satanta, Kiowa chief


This building houses for us is all nonsense. You tell the Great Father that there is plenty of buffalo yet, and when the buffalo are all gone I will tell him. -- - Satanta, Kiowa chief

LAKOTA & OGLALA SIOUX Tribal Quotes

The Great Spirit is not perfect: it has a good side and a bad side. Sometimes the bad side gives us more knowledge than the good side.
- Lakota (Sioux)

With all things and in all things, we are relatives.
- Lakota (Sioux)

Civilization has been thrust upon me...and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity...
- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota (Sioux)

We should be as water, which is lower than all things yet stronger even than the rocks.
- Oglala Lakota (Sioux)

Guard your tongue in youth, and in age you may mature a thought that will be of service to your people.
- Lakota (Sioux)

Everything the Power does, it does in a circle.
- Oglala Lakota (Sioux)

See how the boy is with his sister and you can know how the man will be with your daughter.
- Lakota (Sioux)

If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.
- Sitting Bull, Teton Lakota (Sioux)

The ones that matter most are the children. They are the true human beings.
- Lakota (Sioux)

Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library...
- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota (Sioux)

Look at me- I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we do 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, Lakota (Sioux)

I have attended dinners among white people. Their ways are not our ways. We eat in silence, quietly smoke a pipe and depart. Thus is our host honored. This is not the way of the white man. After his food has been eaten, one is expected to say foolish things. Then the host feels honored.
- Four Guns, Oglala Lakota (Sioux)

Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners, and fine high-sounding words were no part of the Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation.
- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Teton Lakota (Sioux)