Speak the Truth


What the people believe is true. — Anishinabe

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre. — Chiksika, Shawnee

Custer is said to have boasted that he could ride through the entire Sioux Nation with his Seventh Cavalry, and he was half right. He got half-way through. — Vine Deloria Jr., Yankton Dakota

It is less of a problem to be poor than to be dishonest. — Anishinabe

It is time to speak your truth. Create your community, be good to each other. Do not look outside yourself for a leader. — Thomas Banyacya Sr., Hopi

If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. — Cheyenne proverb

When you carry the medicine, sometimes you have to carry it a long way. — Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree

You must speak straight so that your words may go into my heart like sunshine. I will not lie to you; do not lie to me. — Cochise, Chiricahua Apache

It's time to break the stereotypes of American Indians present in the entertainment industry. Our cultures have been co-opted and distorted by the mainstream media for the entertainment of others. — Ray Halbritter, Oneida

Don’t trust anyone who isn’t angry. — John Trudell, Santee Dakota

Fall 2015 arrived at 4:21 a.m. Eastern time on September 23.

Fall in the Turtle Island.

Any good thing you say to me shall not be forgotten. I shall carry it as near to my heart as my children, and it shall be as often on my tongue as the name of the Great Spirit. — Ten Bears, Comanche

When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, ‘Ours.’ — Vine Deloria Jr., Yankton Dakota

When our young people can no longer speak their language, then cultural genocide has taken place. — Darlene Pipe-Boy, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Our land is everything to us...I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it—with their lives. — John Wooden Legs, Cheyenne

One of the things the old people taught me about the spirits was to never have a doubt. — Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

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. — Chief Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota

We’re the evidence of the crime. They can’t deal with the reality of who we are because then they have to deal with the reality of what they have done. — John Trudell, Santee Dakota

It does not require many words to speak the truth. — Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

Beautiful Turtle Island.

Beautiful Turtle Island.