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Native American"Whether we know it or not, each of us came onto Mother Earth at this time to rescue her and humanity and according to how much we are doing that, will determine the peace and joy in our heart! If one locks his or her house or car, one is at home in the material and is always home sick. America has lost her way to Great Spirit, thinking or feeling money can buy happiness. Money can't buy anything! Only God is the owner, we are stewards. Our home, our heart sings in the spirit, not the material."

"The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was...The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it... The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the measure of our bodies are the same... Do not misunderstand me, but understand me fully with reference to my affection for the land. I never said the land was mine to do with as I chose. The one that has the right to dispose of it is the one who created it. I claim a right to live on my land and accord you the privilege to live on yours."

"I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I will tell you in my way how the Indian sees things. The white man has more words to tell you how they look to him, but it does not require many words to speak the truth." "Our fathers gave us many laws, which they had learned from their fathers. These laws were good."

"We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God."

"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 to the other world. We do not want riches, we want peace and love".

"Only to the white man was nature a 'wilderness', and only to him was the land infested with 'wild'' animals and savage people. To us it was tame.....When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was for us the 'Wild West' began". "The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of the forests, plains, pueblos or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged." "Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom... an intense and absorbing love for nature; a respect for life; enriching faith in a Supreme Power; and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equality and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations".

"We are afraid if we part with any more of our lands the white people will not let us keep as much as will be sufficient to bury our dead."

"Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth."

"Our Indian life, I know, is gone forever."

''......Everything on earth has a purpose, every disease a herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence".

"When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground, and they could not lift them up again."

"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth." What is man without the beast? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.