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100 Native Americans Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Now and always, we expect to insist upon it that we are Americans, that America is our native land; that this is our home; that we are American citizens . . . and that it is the duty of the American people so to recognize us. - FREDERICK DOUGLASS AElizabeth Dowling Taylor Native Americans Sayings By Elizabeth Dowling Taylor: Now and always, we expect to insist upon it that we are Americans, that America
The name 'reservation' has a negative connotation among Native Americans - an intern camp of sorts.John Russell Native Americans Sayings By John Russell: The name 'reservation' has a negative connotation among Native Americans - an intern camp of
As you know, today was Don't Take Your Illegal Immigrant To Work Day here in Los Angeles. No, all across the nation they had a Day Without Immigrants, is what they call it. Or, as Native Americans call it, the good ol' days.Jay Leno Native Americans Sayings By Jay Leno: As you know, today was Don't Take Your Illegal Immigrant To Work Day here in
You've got to invite Native Americans to the table, and Asians, and Chicanos. You cannot keep us in the back room anymore and give us notations on paper saying this is what you deserve. You have to invite us to the table because America is ours, too.Jimmy Santiago Baca Native Americans Sayings By Jimmy Santiago Baca: You've got to invite Native Americans to the table, and Asians, and Chicanos. You cannot
We [Americans] have a historical trauma when it comes to the past relationships when it comes to Native Americans and the history of how America was created. With this film, it's nice to see that the trauma is presented from a white male that was in the Civil War and that trauma affects him in a way that still exists.Adam Beach Native Americans Sayings By Adam Beach: We [Americans] have a historical trauma when it comes to the past relationships when it
In our culture, the Native Americans, when two strangers come together. You know what we do in our culture? We smoke the peace pipe.Tatanka Native Americans Sayings By Tatanka: In our culture, the Native Americans, when two strangers come together. You know what we
The greatest moments of Native History lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal and wakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will help win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!Billy Graham Native Americans Sayings By Billy Graham: The greatest moments of Native History lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal
For every person who died in the westward migration prior to the Civil War from Native Americans attacking, the stuff of American legends, thousands, maybe tens of thousands died from water holes polluted by cholera and typhoid . . . but that doesn't make for a good movie.William R. Forstchen Native Americans Sayings By William R. Forstchen: For every person who died in the westward migration prior to the Civil War from
The Afrocentric exploration of the black past only scratches the surface. A full examination of the ancestry of those who are referred to in the newspapers as blacks and African Americans must include Europe and Native America.Ishmael Reed Native Americans Sayings By Ishmael Reed: The Afrocentric exploration of the black past only scratches the surface. A full examination of
I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That's what I see. That's the America I know!Barack Obama Native Americans Sayings By Barack Obama: I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are
Rachel? my dad prompts.
Do I have to...?"
His stern expression answers my question
Fine. I'm grateful that the Native Americans are finally getting revenge on the white man for destroying their culture, by building megacasinos.
Melissa Schorr Native Americans Sayings By Melissa Schorr: Rachel? my dad prompts.Do I have to...?"His stern expression answers my questionFine. I'm grateful that
We also have a piece about the Mayflower, but it's just a very different, very gritty, very character-driven version of why those people were on that boat and what the experience was like for them, emotionally, physically and spiritually, and also the Native Americans and what the state of Native American society was at that time.John Landgraf Native Americans Sayings By John Landgraf: We also have a piece about the Mayflower, but it's just a very different, very
Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States. They have helped develop the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government.Joe Baca Native Americans Sayings By Joe Baca: Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States.
There is probably a high percentage of Native Americans as well as non-Indians who feel that participating in this greater American economy that you mentioned is and has become a recipe for disaster in the long term, because the response to social and environmental problems has been responded to with a drug mentality, which is to say, anything for the quick fix. And it has trained the public to always believe they are one purchase away from happiness.Leonard Peltier Native Americans Sayings By Leonard Peltier: There is probably a high percentage of Native Americans as well as non-Indians who feel
An environmental revolution is taking shape in the United States. This revolution has touched communities of color from New York to California and from Florida to Alaska - anywhere where African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans live and comprise a majority of the population. Collectively, these Americans represent the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States. They are also the groups most at risk from environmental problems.Robert D Bullard Native Americans Sayings By Robert D Bullard: An environmental revolution is taking shape in the United States. This revolution has touched communities
The Talmud states, "Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.Bridges McCall Native Americans Sayings By Bridges McCall: The Talmud states, "Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do
How are the Indians on cats?"
"I never saw one. Plenty of dogs, though."
"They eat the dogs, don't they?"
"That's the Shoshones," I said. "A dog or coyote is sacred to a Comanche. You would be cursed."
"But they do eat human beings occasionally?"
"That's the Tonkawas," I said.
"Never the Comanches."
"A Comanche who ate a man would be killed by the tribe immediately, because supposedly it becomes an addiction."
"Interesting," he said. He was scratching his chin. "And this Sun Dance they all talk about?"
"That's the Kiowas," I said. "We never did that.
Philipp Meyer Native Americans Sayings By Philipp Meyer: How are the Indians on cats?""I never saw one. Plenty of dogs, though.""They eat the
Similar forms of trickery eventually evolved into a ritual of drunken trade negotiations that often ended with Native Americans giving away huge tracts of land for little in return. Years later, one settler put it bluntly: "When the object is to murder Indians, strong liquor is the main article required, for when you have them dead drunk, you may do to them as you please, without running the risk of losing your life.Reid Mitenbuler Native Americans Sayings By Reid Mitenbuler: Similar forms of trickery eventually evolved into a ritual of drunken trade negotiations that often
Despite the legacy of slavery, the near extermination of native Americans, and persistent racial, sexual, and social discrimination, the citizens of the United States could plausibly claim, in 1945, to live in the freest society on the face of the earth.John Lewis Gaddis Native Americans Sayings By John Lewis Gaddis: Despite the legacy of slavery, the near extermination of native Americans, and persistent racial, sexual,
Captain Smek himself appeared on television for an official speech to humankind.
[ ... ] 'Noble Savages of Earth,' he said. 'Long time we have tried to live together in peace.' (It had been five months.) 'Long time have the Boov suffered under the hostileness and intolerableness of you people. With sad hearts I now concede that Boov and humans will never to exist as one.'
I remember being really excited at this point. Could I possibly be hearing right? Were the Boov about to leave? I was so stupid.
'And so now I generously grant you Human Preserves - gifts of land that will be for humans forever, never to be taken away again, now.'
[ ... ] So that's when we Americans were given Florida. One state for three hundred million people. There were going to be some serious lines for the bathrooms.
Adam Rex Native Americans Sayings By Adam Rex: Captain Smek himself appeared on television for an official speech to humankind. [ ... ]
I have had vegan Thanksgiving of tofurkey and soy gravy. And it's not to say that Thanksgiving will ever justify the genocide of the Native Americans. But vegan Thanksgiving - that's just spitting on the graves, isn't it?Hari Kondabolu Native Americans Sayings By Hari Kondabolu: I have had vegan Thanksgiving of tofurkey and soy gravy. And it's not to say
In an even wilder part of the river's jungle of cane and gum and pin oak, there is an Indian mound. Aboriginal, it rises profoundly and darkly enigmatic, the only elevation of any kind in the wild, flat jungle of river bottom. Even to some of us - children though we were, yet we were descended to literate, town-bred people - it possessed inferences of secret and violent blood, of savage and sudden destruction, as though the yells and hatchets we associated with Indians through the hidden and seceret dime novels which we passed among ourselves were but trivial and momentary manifestations of what dark power still dwelled or lurked there, sinister, a little sardonic, like a dark and nameless beast lightly and lazily slumbering with bloody jaws ...William Faulkner Native Americans Sayings By William Faulkner: In an even wilder part of the river's jungle of cane and gum and pin
The Klamath tribe of Native Americans who witnessed the eruption believed it was a fierce battle between Llao, the spirit of the underworld, and Skell, the spirit of the sky.Cheryl Strayed Native Americans Sayings By Cheryl Strayed: The Klamath tribe of Native Americans who witnessed the eruption believed it was a fierce
During 1866 and 1922, Native Americans and black soldiers often intermingled in the American west, on the frontier.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Native Americans Sayings By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: During 1866 and 1922, Native Americans and black soldiers often intermingled in the American west,
as "a general endorsement of the exploitative colonization tactics of the Spanish. Though Junipero Serra was known to have argued on behalf of the property rights and economic entitlement of converted Native Americans, he consistently advocated against their right to self-governance, and was a staunch supporter of corporal punishment, appealing to the Spanish government for the right to flog Indians." When Doc had finished this particular lecture, I just looked at him and went, "Photographic memory much?" He looked embarrassed. "Well," he said. "It's good to know the history of the place where you're living." I filed this away for future reference. Doc might be just the person I needed if Jesse showed up again. Now, standing in the cool office of the ancient building Junipero Serra had constructed for the betterment of the natives in the area, I wonderedMeg Cabot Native Americans Sayings By Meg Cabot: as "a general endorsement of the exploitative colonization tactics of the Spanish. Though Junipero Serra
In 1492, the natives discovered they were indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.Eduardo Galeano Native Americans Sayings By Eduardo Galeano: In 1492, the natives discovered they were indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they
In America there is really very little knowledge of the literature of the rest of the world. Of the literature of Latin America, yes, But that's not all that different in inspiration from that of America, or of Europe. One must go further. You don't even have to go too far in terms of geography - you can start with the Native Americans and listen to their poetry.Chinua Achebe Native Americans Sayings By Chinua Achebe: In America there is really very little knowledge of the literature of the rest of
What's the story here, Karl?' Kevin asked.
'Hard as it is to believe, these people are slaves,' Karl explained.
'Slaves?' I asked skeptically.
'Well, you might not call them that but they are virtual slaves. They don't receive any pay. They are dealt with harshly. They don't have anywhere else to go'
'What about the government? Don't they help?' Marcus asked.
'The government?' Karl laughed. 'The government my eye! Those generals stay in power several years, make a bundle smuggling drugs, and once they're millionaires, they retire. Some other lousy generals take over from them, and history repeats itself. You think they give a shit what happens to a few lousy Indians?
Yossi Ghinsberg Native Americans Sayings By Yossi Ghinsberg: What's the story here, Karl?' Kevin asked.'Hard as it is to believe, these people are
There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, 'Well, I don't want those folks,' even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.Barack Obama Native Americans Sayings By Barack Obama: There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, 'Well, I
Asian Americans, like Native Americans, are not evenly distributed across the United
States. To lump these people together ignores the sharp differences between them. Any
examination of Asian Americans quickly reveals their diversity, which will be apparent as
we focus on individual Asian American groups, beginning with Asian Indians.
Richard T. Schaefer Native Americans Sayings By Richard T. Schaefer: Asian Americans, like Native Americans, are not evenly distributed across the United States. To lump
You see the one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not a Native American. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put American before my ethnicity. I'm not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.Russell Means Native Americans Sayings By Russell Means: You see the one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm
It's striking that Native Americans evolved no devastating epidemic diseases to give to Europeans in return for the many devastating epidemic diseases that Indians received from the Old World.Jared Diamond Native Americans Sayings By Jared Diamond: It's striking that Native Americans evolved no devastating epidemic diseases to give to Europeans in
Counting coup?" Leister asked. He was the sole subordinate that Vantage had brought along. Rime, by contrast, had brought Usher and Arbiter from her team. Prefab from San Diego had shown up as well.

I explained, "The term came from the Native Americans' style of warfare. In a fight, one person makes a risky, successful play against the other side showing their prowess. They gain reputation, the other side loses some. All it is, though, is a game. A way to train and make sure you're up to snuff against the real threats without losing anything.
Wildbow Native Americans Sayings By Wildbow: Counting coup?" Leister asked. He was the sole subordinate that Vantage had brought along. Rime,
The values ascribed to the Indian will depend on what the white writer feels about Nature, and America has always had mixed feelings about that. At one end of the spectrum is Thoreau, wishing to immerse himself in swamps for the positive vibrations; at the other end is Benjamin Franklin, who didn't like Nature. [p.91]Margaret Atwood Native Americans Sayings By Margaret Atwood: The values ascribed to the Indian will depend on what the white writer feels about
There is no doubt that the United States has much to atone for, both domestically and abroad ... To produce this horrible confection at home, start with our genocidal treatment of the Native Americans, add a couple hundred years of slavery, along with our denial of entry to Jewish refugees fleeing the death camps of the Third Reich, stir in our collusion with a long list of modern despots and our subsequent disregard for their appalling human rights records, add our bombing of Cambodia and the Pentagon Papers to taste, and then top with our recent refusals to sign the Kyoto protocol for greenhouse emissions, to support any ban on land mines, and to submit ourselves to the rulings of the International Criminal Court. The result should smell of death, hypocrisy, and fresh brimstone.Sam Harris Native Americans Sayings By Sam Harris: There is no doubt that the United States has much to atone for, both domestically
The only thing Native Americans ever did better than the rest of us is spirituality. Of course, that's everything, isn't it?Deacon Jones Native Americans Sayings By Deacon Jones: The only thing Native Americans ever did better than the rest of us is spirituality.
On the Native American front, we have turned a new page in the 400-year history of the interface between the American settlers of this country and the nation's first Americans. That's included a new relationship where the sovereignty of tribes is in fact recognized.Ken Salazar Native Americans Sayings By Ken Salazar: On the Native American front, we have turned a new page in the 400-year history
She likes to quote the opening words of the Constitution: "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union." Beautiful, yes, but as she always points out, "we the people" originally left out a lot of people. "It would not include me," RBG said, or enslaved people, or Native Americans. Over the course of the centuries, people left out of the Constitution fought to have their humanity recognized by it. RBG sees that struggle as her life's work.Irin Carmon Native Americans Sayings By Irin Carmon: She likes to quote the opening words of the Constitution: "We the People of the
Thanksgiving began in 1621 when Native Americans sat down with a bunch of undocumented pilgrims. They had dinner and the pilgrims never left.Jay Leno Native Americans Sayings By Jay Leno: Thanksgiving began in 1621 when Native Americans sat down with a bunch of undocumented pilgrims.
For many Native Americans across the land, the name of the Washington football team is a deeply personal reminder of a legacy of racism and generations of pain.Dan Maffei Native Americans Sayings By Dan Maffei: For many Native Americans across the land, the name of the Washington football team is
One could reasonably argue that the Turkish pogrom against the Armenians during World War I qualifies as a crime against humanity, as does the United States' ethnic cleansing of Native Americans.Sebastian Junger Native Americans Sayings By Sebastian Junger: One could reasonably argue that the Turkish pogrom against the Armenians during World War I
Maybe the American Dream is too rich for us now in the U.S. Maybe we're losing it because we are not like our Swedish grandmother who came across the plains, hacked down the trees, and took the Spanish words she encountered and made them hers. Now her great-great-grandchildren sit terrified, wondering what to do with all these Mexicans. The American Dream is an impossible affirmation of possibility. And maybe native-born Americans don't have it anymore. Maybe it has run through their fingers.Richard Rodriguez Native Americans Sayings By Richard Rodriguez: Maybe the American Dream is too rich for us now in the U.S. Maybe we're
I can't get upset about 'offensive to women' or 'offensive to blacks' or 'offensive to Native Americans' or 'offensive to Jews' ... Offend! I can't get worked up about it. Offend!Jamaica Kincaid Native Americans Sayings By Jamaica Kincaid: I can't get upset about 'offensive to women' or 'offensive to blacks' or 'offensive to
Now, we're Americans. Technically, who is from this country? Only the Indians, who we graciously let dwell on their native casinos.Greg Proops Native Americans Sayings By Greg Proops: Now, we're Americans. Technically, who is from this country? Only the Indians, who we graciously
We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.Rand Paul Native Americans Sayings By Rand Paul: We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and
Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word that in their language translates to, 'The Mouth of the Shadow.' Later, the Iroquois who showed up and inexplicably slaughtered every man, woman, and child in those first tribes renamed it a word that literally translates to, 'Seriously, Fuck this Place.David Wong Native Americans Sayings By David Wong: Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word
Native Americans' families experience living surrounded, living in increasingly small reservations surrounded by the society that destroyed their civilization, and are still stigmatized. For decades and decades, for hundreds of years except in Indian schools, they weren't allowed to speak their language. That stigma takes a terrible toll.Joshua Oppenheimer Native Americans Sayings By Joshua Oppenheimer: Native Americans' families experience living surrounded, living in increasingly small reservations surrounded by the society
I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when they were taken off the reservation, taken to the boarding schools, and pretty much taught to be ashamed of who they were as Native Americans. You can feel that impact today.Chaske Spencer Native Americans Sayings By Chaske Spencer: I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when
Historically speaking, we went from being Indians to pagans to savages to hostiles to militants to activists to Native Americans. Its five hundred years later and they still cant see us. We are still invisible.John Trudell Native Americans Sayings By John Trudell: Historically speaking, we went from being Indians to pagans to savages to hostiles to militants
In indigenous cultures including those of Native Americans, menstruation is viewed a time of positive power, rather than evidence of sin and negative power, or as a feminine inconvenience.Joan Borysenko Native Americans Sayings By Joan Borysenko: In indigenous cultures including those of Native Americans, menstruation is viewed a time of positive
That is the way a white man remembers a battle. So many soldiers here, so many there. Such a captain here. Such a lieutenant there. This colonel in one place. That major in another. The horses precisely here, the cannon exactly there. But not an Indian. An Indian remembers where his mother fell bayoneted, or his little brother had his skull smashed, or his big sister cried for mercy and was shot in the mouth.Will Henry Native Americans Sayings By Will Henry: That is the way a white man remembers a battle. So many soldiers here, so
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.George Bernard Shaw Native Americans Sayings By George Bernard Shaw: A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of
I advise you to be suspicious of any black American whose family does not claim a blood connection to Native Americans. That's a clear sign of a racial infiltrator who has not done enough research.Baratunde R. Thurston Native Americans Sayings By Baratunde R. Thurston: I advise you to be suspicious of any black American whose family does not claim
With the snow piling up outside, the warm dry cabin hidden in its fold of the mountain felt like a safe haven indeed, though it had not been such for the people who had lived there. Soldiers had found them and made the cabin trailhead to a path of exile, loss, and death. But for a while that night, it was a place that held within its walls no pain nor even a vague memory collection of pain.Charles Frazier Native Americans Sayings By Charles Frazier: With the snow piling up outside, the warm dry cabin hidden in its fold of
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Or, as it's known to Native Americans - Sarcastic You're Welcomesgiving.Stephen Colbert Native Americans Sayings By Stephen Colbert: I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Or, as it's known to Native Americans
Good storytelling is one thing rural whites and Indians have in common. But native Americans have learned through harsh necessity that people who survive encroachment by another culture need story to survive. And a storytelling tradition is something Plains people share with both ancient and contemporary monks; we learn our ways of being and reinforce our values by telling tales about each other.Kathleen Norris Native Americans Sayings By Kathleen Norris: Good storytelling is one thing rural whites and Indians have in common. But native Americans
The old legends of America belong quite as much to the blue-eyed little patriot as to the black-haired aborigine. And when they are grown tall like the wise grown-ups may they not lack interest in a further study of Indian folklore, a study which so strongly suggests our near kinship with the rest of humanity and points a steady finger toward the great brotherhood of mankind, and by which one is so forcibly impressed with the possible earnestness of life as seen through the teepee door! If it be true that much lies "in the eye of the beholder," then in the American aborigine as in any other race, sincerity of belief, though it were based upon mere optical illusion, demands a little respect.

After all he seems at heart much like other peoples.
Zitkala-Sa Native Americans Sayings By Zitkala-Sa: The old legends of America belong quite as much to the blue-eyed little patriot as
The Native Americans know that wolves are mirrors for humans. What they show us are our strengths and weaknesses ... When I lived with the wolves, I was proud of the reflection of myself. But when I came back, I always paled in comparison.Jodi Picoult Native Americans Sayings By Jodi Picoult: The Native Americans know that wolves are mirrors for humans. What they show us are
If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans. - Stephen HawkingRick Yancey Native Americans Sayings By Rick Yancey: If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher
When Europeans arrived on this continent, they blew it with the Native Americans. They plowed over them, taking as much as they could of their land and valuables, and respecting almost nothing about the native cultures. They lost the wisdom of the indigenous peoples-wisdom about the land and connectedness to the great web of life ... We have another chance with all these refugees. People come here penniless but not cultureless. They bring us gifts. We can synthesize the best of our traditions with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce a better America ...Mary Pipher Native Americans Sayings By Mary Pipher: When Europeans arrived on this continent, they blew it with the Native Americans. They plowed
Ironically, Adolf Hitler displayed more knowledge of how we treated Native Americans than American high schoolers today who rely on their textbooks. Hitler admired our concentration camps for American Indians in the west and according to John Toland, his biographer, "often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America's extermination - by starvation and uneven combat" as the model for his extermination of Jews and Gypsies (Rom people).94James W. Loewen Native Americans Sayings By James W. Loewen: Ironically, Adolf Hitler displayed more knowledge of how we treated Native Americans than American high
Johnny Cake or hoe cake is baked, and thus more closely resembles cornbread. . . . The name, it has been claimed, probably erroneously, is a corruption of 'Shawnee Cake' -- presumably having been taught to the colonists by Native Americans. In fact another name for these is corn pone, the latter word indeed coming directly from Algonkian. Others speculate that Johnny is a corruption of the word jonakin, the meaning of which is unknown, or Journey Cake -- either because it can be carried on long journeys, which seems unlikely, or because it can be cooked en route.Ken Albala Native Americans Sayings By Ken Albala: Johnny Cake or hoe cake is baked, and thus more closely resembles cornbread. . .
In my own view, the life expectancy of Native Americans in the United States is one of the really great moral crises that we face.Jim Yong Kim Native Americans Sayings By Jim Yong Kim: In my own view, the life expectancy of Native Americans in the United States is
The most important obstacle to speed and ease of assimilation, however, is race. In the nineteenth century, swarthy Jews, "black" Irish, and Italian "guineas" - a not so subtle euphemism borrowed from the African country of Guinea - were all seen as what we today call "people of color." These immigrants terrified lighter-skinned native-born Americans, who accepted the newcomers as "white" only when they - actually, their descendants - began to earn middle-class incomes. Of course, skin color does not affect an immigrant's ability to absorb American culture. But color can play a large part in hindering economic and social assimilation: today's black newcomers, from the Caribbean and elsewhere, are often treated as part of the African-American population, with all the associated disadvantages.Tamar Jacoby Native Americans Sayings By Tamar Jacoby: The most important obstacle to speed and ease of assimilation, however, is race. In the
Understand indigenous healing will also heal other nations and peoples. We've all been living on broken ugly systems built on genocide and slavery. Strengthening and empowering others, in whatever capacity, also helps the self.Red Haircrow Native Americans Sayings By Red Haircrow: Understand indigenous healing will also heal other nations and peoples. We've all been living on
If you look at the statistics regarding Native Americans, you will see that most of the tribes since the 70s have improved their economic situation in some form. And this has been brought about by their aggressive assertion of their sovereign treaty rights.Leonard Peltier Native Americans Sayings By Leonard Peltier: If you look at the statistics regarding Native Americans, you will see that most of
Because Native American Indians are so marginalized in the historical world, we are compelled to search for tiny openings in the armor of recorded history to work resistant magic.Autumn Morning Star Native Americans Sayings By Autumn Morning Star: Because Native American Indians are so marginalized in the historical world, we are compelled to
When I was fifteen, a companion and I, on a dare, went into the mound one day just at sunset. We saw some of those Indians for the first time; we got directions from them and reached the top of the mound just as the sun set. We had camping equiptment with us, but we made no fire. We didn't even make down our beds. We just sat side by side on that mound until it became light enough to find our way back to the road. We didn't talk. When we looked at each other in the gray dawn, our faces were gray, too, quiet, very grave. When we reached town again, we didn't talk either. We just parted and went home and went to bed. That's what we thought, felt, about the mound. We were children, it is true, yet we were descendants of people who read books and who were, or should have been, beyond superstition and impervious to mindless fear.William Faulkner Native Americans Sayings By William Faulkner: When I was fifteen, a companion and I, on a dare, went into the mound
Makeup's just crazy, anyways. Native Americans used to wear it, and it did all right for them until, uh ... well, until you killed them all, I suppose.Eddie Izzard Native Americans Sayings By Eddie Izzard: Makeup's just crazy, anyways. Native Americans used to wear it, and it did all right
Our young people, raised under the old rules of courtesy, never indulged in the present habit of talking incessantly and all at the same time. To do so would have been not only impolite, but foolish; for poise, so much admired as a social grace, could not be accompanied by restlessness. Pauses were acknowledged gracefully and did not cause lack of ease or embarrassment.Kent Nerburn Native Americans Sayings By Kent Nerburn: Our young people, raised under the old rules of courtesy, never indulged in the present
how many ghosts I was going to encounter. That Serra guy had to have a bunch of Native Americans mad at him - particularly considering that corporal punishment thing - and I hadn't any doubt I was going to encounter all of them. And yet, when my mom and I walked through the school's wide front archway into the courtyard around which the Mission had been constructed, I didn't see a single person who looked as if he or she didn't belong there. There were a few tourists snapping pictures of the impressive fountain, a gardener working diligently at the base of a palm tree - even at my new school there were palm trees - a priest walking in silent contemplation down the airy breezeway. It was a beautiful, restful place - especially for a building that was so old and had to have seen so much death. I couldn't understand it. Where were all the ghosts? Maybe they were afraid to hang around the place. I was a little afraid, looking up at that crucifix.Meg Cabot Native Americans Sayings By Meg Cabot: how many ghosts I was going to encounter. That Serra guy had to have a
The two women switched to their native tongue. Kate tuned them out. She understood only half of what they were saying. As with most Americans, Dutch sounded to her more like a disease of the throat than an actual languageKarin Slaughter Native Americans Sayings By Karin Slaughter: The two women switched to their native tongue. Kate tuned them out. She understood only
Though my selections do have some breadth - ranging from the Romans to Native Americans to Chinese warrior monks to Islamic warriors - this is by no means an exhaustive survey. Even restricting myself to the historical rather than the current, I found the number of significant warrior cultures available for study absolutely staggering. In the end, my selections were dictated by several considerations.Shannon E. French Native Americans Sayings By Shannon E. French: Though my selections do have some breadth - ranging from the Romans to Native Americans
The occupation of America (and Columbus's arrival quite clearly was an occupation, no one can deny that) meant that the entire history of the Native Americans was rendered invisible. The land could only be occupied if it was first defined as empty. So it was defined as a wilderness, even though it had been used by native people for millennia.Vandana Shiva Native Americans Sayings By Vandana Shiva: The occupation of America (and Columbus's arrival quite clearly was an occupation, no one can
Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government
take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.
Henry Ford Native Americans Sayings By Henry Ford: Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take
The name Hitler does not offend a black South African because Hitler is not the worst thing a black South African can imagine. Every country thinks their history is the most important, and that's especially true in the West. But if black South Africans could go back in time and kill one person, Cecil Rhodes would come up before Hitler. If people in the Congo could go back in time and kill one person, Belgium's King Leopold would come way before Hitler. If Native Americans could go back in time and kill one person, it would probably be Christopher Columbus or Andrew Jackson. ITrevor Noah Native Americans Sayings By Trevor Noah: The name Hitler does not offend a black South African because Hitler is not the
This process, one of trading the state to outside owners in exchange for their (it now seems) entirely temporary agreement to enrich us, in toher words the pauperization of California, had in fact begun at the time Americans first entered the state, took what they could, and, abetted by the native weekness for boosterism, set about selling the rest.Joan Didion Native Americans Sayings By Joan Didion: This process, one of trading the state to outside owners in exchange for their (it
[T]he gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf, to retire; both being beasts of prey, though they differ in shape.George Washington Native Americans Sayings By George Washington: [T]he gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf,
We need only look to our Navajo Code Talkers during World War II to see the value that Native languages bring not only to their culture, but to the security of all Americans.Rick Renzi Native Americans Sayings By Rick Renzi: We need only look to our Navajo Code Talkers during World War II to see
You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans to be told they were discovered.Ivan Van Sertima Native Americans Sayings By Ivan Van Sertima: You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans to be told
If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.Stephen Hawking Native Americans Sayings By Stephen Hawking: If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America,
In its sacredness, families get together to (unintentionally?) celebrate one genocide (against Native Americans) by committing another (against turkeys).Daniel Brook Native Americans Sayings By Daniel Brook: In its sacredness, families get together to (unintentionally?) celebrate one genocide (against Native Americans) by
No one would stand for it [being the fool in the media] in a minute if you took any other group -Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, women - but somehow it's okay to do that with hillbillies.John Shelton Reed Native Americans Sayings By John Shelton Reed: No one would stand for it [being the fool in the media] in a minute
Puerto Ricans are Americans. We've been American citizens since 1917. We fought the same battles, made the same sacrifices. We've lost our land in the same way that Native Americans lost their land, and we've been the subject of discrimination and racism in the same way that African Americans have. We've suffered the full spectrum of oppression, and yet we've been off the map 4,000 miles away so we haven't even been able to argue our case.Nelson Antonio Denis Native Americans Sayings By Nelson Antonio Denis: Puerto Ricans are Americans. We've been American citizens since 1917. We fought the same battles,
The races are like America's children. White people are the firstborn, so they were Dad's favorite. Black people are the second kids, the abused ones, so they still hate Dad. Latinos are the third, caught in the middle and always trying to make peace between the other siblings. Asians are the youngest, and get good marks in school, but basically are just trying to keep their heads down and not get involved. And Native Americans are the old uncle who owns a house and everyone else in the family was like, "He's not using that! Let's move in!Colin Quinn Native Americans Sayings By Colin Quinn: The races are like America's children. White people are the firstborn, so they were Dad's
For more than two decades I have tried, honestly and respectfully, to walk the difficult line between the world of Native America and the world of those of us whose people came, willingly or otherwise, to these American shores. I have done this because I believe that we, as Americans, are poorly served by our willful avoidance of the true facts of our national experience, and also because I believe that the lives and ways of the Native American peoples have much to teach us all. ItKent Nerburn Native Americans Sayings By Kent Nerburn: For more than two decades I have tried, honestly and respectfully, to walk the difficult
The Indians' insistence on clinging to their customs had to be the work of Satan there was no other explanation which is why the friars went out to hunt down and lasso the deserters and then whipped their doctrine of
love and forgiveness into them.
Isabel Allende Native Americans Sayings By Isabel Allende: The Indians' insistence on clinging to their customs had to be the work of Satan
I've always been interested in the history of the West, our country and particularly as it relates to the Native Americans - the original Americans.Beau Bridges Native Americans Sayings By Beau Bridges: I've always been interested in the history of the West, our country and particularly as
Laila Lalami has fashioned an absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Native Americans, a frightening, brutal, and much-falsified history that here, in her brilliantly imagined fiction, is rewritten to give us something that feels very like the truth.Salman Rushdie Native Americans Sayings By Salman Rushdie: Laila Lalami has fashioned an absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish
Together and separately, we as speakers disproved another description used to disqualify feminists: that we were all "whitemiddleclass," a phrase used by the media then (and academics who believe those media clippings now) as if it were a single adjective to describe the women's movement. In fact, the first-ever nationwide poll of women's opinions on issues of gender equality showed that African American women were twice as likely as white women to support them.8 If the poll had included Latinas, Asian Americans, Native Americans,Gloria Steinem Native Americans Sayings By Gloria Steinem: Together and separately, we as speakers disproved another description used to disqualify feminists: that we
Growing up north of San Francisco, I immersed myself in the local landscape and in books about Native Americans, cowboys, and pioneers that seemed to ground me in it, but to pursue culture in those days meant being spun around until dizzy and then pushed east.Rebecca Solnit Native Americans Sayings By Rebecca Solnit: Growing up north of San Francisco, I immersed myself in the local landscape and in
The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that's what the genesis of the Second Amendment is.Danny Glover Native Americans Sayings By Danny Glover: The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from
But it is an American thing to love one's roots. American nationality, I mused, is a very special and unique phenomenon in the world. In America, but for Native Americans, all of our forebears hailed from somewhere else. And for all the grief that brought my parents to America, it translates into my good fortune to be born an American. In this hypnotic moment of clarity, I knew where I belonged.Marianne Meyerhoff Native Americans Sayings By Marianne Meyerhoff: But it is an American thing to love one's roots. American nationality, I mused, is
I'm not encouraged by the silence. I can think of no benign reason for it. I'm afraid we may expect something closer to Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas than a scene from Close Encounters, and we all know how that turned out for the Native Americans.Rick Yancey Native Americans Sayings By Rick Yancey: I'm not encouraged by the silence. I can think of no benign reason for it.
...they marveled at the animal's elusiveness, loyalty, and affection, its willingness to defend its territory; its stamina and ability to travel long distances and resist hunger for many days; its acute use of odor, sight, and sound in locating prey and avoiding danger; its patience, following a sick or wounded prey for great distances; and its contentment to be away from its home for long periods of time. Working cooperatively with fellow pack mates, the wolf demonstrated time and again it power over prey by encircling it, ambushing it, or running it to exhaustion --the same methods that Native Americans themselves used. In all these manifestations, they found the wolf supremely worthy of emulation.Bruce Hampton Native Americans Sayings By Bruce Hampton: ...they marveled at the animal's elusiveness, loyalty, and affection, its willingness to defend its territory;
When you start to look at Native American history, you realize that, very far from being a peaceful, morally superior people, Native Americans were not that different from Europeans.Philipp Meyer Native Americans Sayings By Philipp Meyer: When you start to look at Native American history, you realize that, very far from
In 1803, President Jefferson oversaw the purchase of this land from the French for $15 million. It doesn't sound like much for an area three times the size of France itself but given that they'd stolen it from the Native Americans in the first place, I suppose they couldn't grumble. Once some debts had been wiped and estate agents had taken their commission, Napoleon's France ended up pocketing a little more than $8 million. Which is about how much it cost Pepsi Cola to secure the services of Britney Spears. Times have changed.Dave Gorman Native Americans Sayings By Dave Gorman: In 1803, President Jefferson oversaw the purchase of this land from the French for $15
American football seems to resemble soccer in that one scores by putting the ball through the opponent's goal; but football, truly is about land. The Settlers want to move the line of scrimmage Westward, the Native Americans want to move it East.David Mamet Native Americans Sayings By David Mamet: American football seems to resemble soccer in that one scores by putting the ball through
There can be no more ancient and traditional American value than ignorance. English-only speakers brought it with them to this country three centuries ago, and they quickly imposed it on the Africans
who were not allowed to learn to read and write
and on the Native Americans, who were simply not allowed.
Barbara Ehrenreich Native Americans Sayings By Barbara Ehrenreich: There can be no more ancient and traditional American value than ignorance. English-only speakers brought
I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African ones were fractal. And if you think about it, all these different societies have different geometric design themes that they use. So Native Americans use a combination of circular symmetry and fourfold symmetry.Ron Eglash Native Americans Sayings By Ron Eglash: I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African