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April 2, 2005





The fruits of silence are self-control, courage, endurance, patience
and dignity.
~~Ohiyesa, Dakota~~

I think the Great Spirit is looking at all that is said here,
and for that reason I am talking the TRUTH.
~~Little Raven, Arapaho Leader~~

You told us to speak our minds freely. We now do it!
~~Little Turtle, Miami Chief, 1795~~

I am not talking anything badly or angrily, but simply the TRUTH.
~~Satanta, Kiowa~~

Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and he never forgets.
~~In-Mut-Too-Yah-Lat-Lat, Nez Perce~~

Give him to us and we promise you he shall never LIE again.
~~Tessouat, Ottawa Chief~~

To have a friend and to be TRUE under ANY and ALL trials is the
“mark of a man.”
~~Ohiyesa, Santee Sioux~~

Our fathers gave us many laws --- that it was a DISGRACE to tell a LIE;
that we should speak only the TRUTH.
~~Chief Joseph, Nez Perce~~

Complaint is just toward friends who have failed in their duty;
accusation is against enemies guilty of injustice!
~~Tecumseh, Miami Chief~~

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor; for it is not he that you wrong:
You wrong yourself.
~~Shawnee Chant~~

I am the maker of my own fortune – as great as the conceptions of my own
mind, when I think of the Spirit that rules the Universe.
~~Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, Aug. 12, 1810~~

Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth,
and the Great Silence alone.
~~Ohiysa, Santee Dakota~~

The Great Spirit made us all – He made my skin red and yours white;
He placed us on this earth, and intended that we should differently from each other.
~~Petalesharo, Pawnee Principal Chief~~

All miserable as we seem in your eyes, we consider ourselves much happier than you.
~~Micmac Chief, 1676~~

You can count your money --- but only the Great Spirit can count the grains of sand.
~~Chief, Blackfeet Tribe~~

In my youthful days, I have seen large herds of buffalo - and elk
in every grove, but they are here no more – all having gone
toward the setting sun.
~~Shabonee, Potowatomi Peace Chief, 1700’s~~

Such nearness to nature as I have described keeps the spirit sensitive to
impressions not commonly felt, and in touch with unseen powers.
~~Ohiyesa, Santee Dakota, 1862~~

Fling all these things (destructive) away and live as your wise forefathers lived before you.
~~Pontiac, Ottawa War Chief~~

If the Great and Good Spirit wished us to believe as the whites,
He would have changed us.
~~Black Hawk, Sauk War Chief~~

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground.
It is the dust and blood of our Ancestors.
~~Plenty-Coups, Crow Chief, 1909~~

You fought me and I had to fight back.
~~Gall, Hunkpapa Sioux~~

Let us put our minds together, and see what life we can
make for our children.
~~Sitting Bull, Tatanka Yotanka~~

Always do what you can, learn all that's in you, and bring it out for the people to see, especially the children so they won't give up along the way. When our heavenly Father created us, he gave us our minds too, not just our bodies. He gave us a great gift when He gave us our minds. Because our minds come from His, it's special; it's sacred. Our minds are sacred and we have a duty to it. Never forget this. Always do your best because we can. Our teacher is the first teacher and the leader of all teachers. So, don't say you can't. Don't hide your talents. Bring them out of your minds for everybody to see.
~~Essie Parrish, Pomo Spiritual Leader~~

When we were created, we were given our ground to live on, and from this time these were our rights. This is all true...We were put here by the Creator, and these were our rights as far as my memory to my grandfather.....These words are mine and they are true. My strength is from the fish; my blood is from the fish, from the roots and berries. The fish and game are the essence of my life. I was not brought from a foreign country. I was put here by the Creator.
~~Chief Weninock, Yakima~~

As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals. We cannot sell the lives of men and animals; therefore, we cannot sell this land. It was put here for us by the Great Spirit, and we cannot sell it because it does not belong to us.
~~Blackfoot Elder~~



If you have made mistakes....there is always another chance for you....
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call
"failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
~~Mary Pickford; (1893-1979); American Actress~~

Don't compromise yourself.... You are all you've got.
~~Janis Joplin; (1943-1970); American Singer~~

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~~Eleanor Roosevelt; (1884-1962); Stateswoman & Humanitarian~~

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.
~~Virginia Woolf; (1882-1941); English Writer~~

For each age is a dream that is dying, Or one that is coming to birth.
~~Submitted By: Patricia L. Pastori~~



We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour,
in other words, we are the hero of our own story.
~~Mary McCarthy; (1912-1989); American Writer~~

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
~~Helen Keller; (1880-1968); American Writer~~

We are tomorrow's past.
~~Mary Webb; (1881-1927); Scottish Writer~~

When you arise in the morning, give thanks to the morning light for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
~~Tecumseh, Shawnee~~



The best mind altering drug is.... Truth!
~~Lily Tomlin; b. 1939; Actress & Comedienne~~

"However enclosed you are, never think that the good or evil
you do will remain a secret."
~~St. Teresa of Avila~~

"Those souls are rare who don't measure the Divine Power
according to their own narrow minds."
~~St. Therese of Liseux~~

...words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.
~~Ingrid Bengis b. 1944; American Writer~~

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses....
Women for their strengths.
~~Lois Wyse; b. 1926; American Advertising Executive~~

We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers. We are the movers and shakers,
of the world forever, it seems.
~~Submitted By: Patricia L. Pastori~~



"Lord's Prayer in the Miami-Wea Language"

Al-kilson-twaf-sah Natishi-Kial wilah
Ka-l-nil olis-chiana-ticwa
Ka-l-giya NaKa-ka lh-no-wa-ish
Nocou-wa-qu-on on ce In-toc Saco-we-oce-nocel-in
Wach a-not-ic not-ic-mil on-nich lanach-cowalch.

~~Unknown Indian Artist~~

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they know the unutterable beauty of simple things. Blessed are those who mourn, for they have dared to risk their hearts by giving of their love. Blessed are the meek, for the gentle earth shall embrace them and hallow them as its own. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall know the taste of noble thoughts and deeds. Blessed are the merciful, for in return theirs is the gift of giving. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall be at one with themselves and the universe. Blessed are the peacemakers, for theirs is a kinship with everything that is holy. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for the TRUTH will set them free.
~~F. Forrester Church~~

There are only TWO POWERS in the world –
the power of the SWORD and the power of the SPIRIT.
In the long run, the sword will ALWAYS be conquered by the SPIRIT.
~~Napoleon Bonaparte~~

...we can do no great things-- only small things with great love.
~~Mother Teresa; b. 1910; Roman Catholic Missionary~~

Society was divided into warring camps suspicious of one another. Where no contract or obligation was binding, nothing could heal the conflict, And since security was only to be found in the assumption that nothing was secure, Everyone took steps to preserve himself and no one could afford to trust his neighbor.

If you succumb to the temptations of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
~~Martin Luther King, Jr. ~~

Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents. And then later on in our life, when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. And since at the beginning and end of our lives, we are so dependent on others’ kindness. How can it be in the middle that we neglect kindness towards others?
~~The Dalai Lama~~

The peace of one individual is small. The peace of many people together is big. When we see ourselves as separate from our community and from nature, then violence and strife arise. It is only when we understand our part in an overall unity that there is the possibility of peace on a large scale.
~~Deng Ming Dao~~

First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will be spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony.

God guides those who seek His good pleasure into the ways of peace, bringing them out from the shadows into the light by His act of will, and guiding them into a straight path.

Whether we are speaking of warring couples or nations, it is an extraordinary challenge to move from blaming people, toward understanding patterns and our own part in them....It is a similarly huge challenge that our wish to understand the other party be as great as our wish to be understood. Because I watch some individuals and families meet this challenge in the most difficult of circumstances – And because I live in a world that is transformed daily by remarkable feminist voices – I continue to maintain hope.
~~Harriet Goldhor Lerner~~


On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders
and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the
ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red,
green and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of
yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light
be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection
of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
an invisible cloak to mind your life.
~John O'Donohue~

Grandfather, we know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the sacred way. We know that we are the ones who are divided, and we are the ones who must come back together--to walk in the Sacred Way.
~~Ojibway Prayer~~


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