Native American Wisdom

"Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere . . . it is within each one of us."

Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

"I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God."

Geronimo

"Love your life, perfect your life,
Beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long,
and its purpose in the service of your people."

Chief Tecumseh

"O Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds,
I come to you as one of your many children.
I need your strength and your wisdom.
Make me strong not to be superior to my brother,
but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: Myself"

Chief Dan George

"The Great Spirit ... put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires.... Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit."

Chief Sitting Bull

"A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it . . . as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky."

Chief Crazy Horse

What law have I broken? Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am a [Lakota]; because I was born where my father lived; because I would die for my people and my country?

Chief Sitting Bull, 1877