Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Red Cloud
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt,
art by David C.Behrens.
"Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest.
We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good.
Our way of giving is our bank."
– Chief Maquinna, Nootka
"Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings.
It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet;
to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes;
bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart."
– Brooke Medicine Eagle
“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace…..
Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law.
Give them all an even chance to live and grow.
All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.
They are all brothers.
The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…….
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade….
where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers,
free to think and talk and act for myself,
and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.”