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Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
Ancient Indian Proverb
How can you own land? In our Inuit knowledge, it's the land that owns us, it's the land that supports us, it's the land that feeds us and we have to respect it.
Aiju Peter, Inuit
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator
We were put here for a reason, to take care of this land. Not because it's something that maybe you say you own ... but because it belongs to the next generation.
Rex Buck Jr., Wanapum
Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.
Mourning Dove Salish
The elders say, 'The longest road you're going to have to walk is from here to here. From your head to your heart.' But they also say you can't speak to the people as a leader unless you've made the return journey. From the heart back to the head.
Phil Lane, Jr., Yankton Sioux, 1992
Education is very important to the Cherokee people. For a promising future, we need to develop leaders with vision, and education is the gateway to visionary thinking.
Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Everything that gives birth is female. When men begin to understand the relationships of the universe that women have always known, the world will begin to change for the better.
Lorraine Canoe, Mohawk
The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us....
Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin
Sacred tobacco helps. It heals wounds. You offer it to the water, the air, the Great Spirit.... In smoking the pipe, we're offering it up to the Great Spirit.
Rios Pacheco, Shoshone
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