Topics: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Native Americans Quotes


"Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans." - Russell Means

"I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress." - Rick Renzi

"Negroes and Southern Europeans are mentally inferior to native born Americans." - Margaret Sanger

"When I was a kid, I really loved Indians. Native Americans. Pardon. Me." - Dave Attell

"The home ownership process for Native Americans has been hobbled by bureaucratic delays and regulations." - Rick Renzi

"The name 'reservation' has a negative connotation among Native Americans - an intern camp of sorts." - John Russell

"I have four relatively small children, and around fourth grade, they start doing big projects on Native Americas: everything is Native Americans in elementary school. Do you know how many Native American dresses I've sewn, on and on; it's a full yearlong study. And then never again. As journalists, we never even cover Native Americans." - Soledad Obrien

"Native Americans were driven off their land. Lincoln even took part in the Black Hawk campaign against the Native Americans in Illinois. While they were being exterminated and driven off their land, Whites were collecting assets." - Ishmael Reed

"Second, this epic tale allows the audience to actually listen to the Native Americans and receive their wisdom. Spielberg conveys the respect for Native Americans that is normally lacking in Western films." - Beau Bridges

"During 1866 and 1922, Native Americans and black soldiers often intermingled in the American west, on the frontier." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans to be told they were discovered." - Ivan van Sertima

"In its sacredness, families get together to (unintentionally?) celebrate one genocide (against Native Americans) by committing another (against turkeys)." - Daniel Brook

"We're not Indians and we're not Native Americans. We're older than both concepts. We're the people, we're the human beings." - John Trudell

"Unless you're one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you." - Barack Obama

"I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Or, as it's known to Native Americans - Sarcastic You're Welcomesgiving." - Stephen Colbert

"I saw The Revenant, and they were calling Native Americans "tree niggers," and that is not cool." - Vince Staples

"And Americans realized that native people are still here, that they have a moral standing, a legal standing." - Dennis Banks

"I love Caribbean food. It's a great melting pot of so many cultures including the Native Americans." - Bob Greene

"Nobody else in the world has a form like the Native American musical, and Americans should be very proud." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"People tend to forget that in our country, we'd pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans." - Amy Bloom

"The only people that deserve to be called Americans are Native Americans, otherwise, I'm a Latino American, you know.... Anybody else... well where did you come from?" - Cristian Machado

"All Americans are either immigrants or descendants of ancestors who came from somewhere else, including Native Americans. We should all respect and admire immigrants." - Jan C Ting

"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

"In the end, there is no absence of irony: the integrity of what is sacred to Native Americans will be determined by the government that has been responsible for doing everything in its power to destroy Native American cultures." - Winona Laduke

"For most Native Americans, there's no more offensive name in English. That non-Native folks think they get to measure or decide what offends us is adding insult to injury." - Suzan Shown Harjo

"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

"Atheists are not Americans." - George H W Bush

"African-Americans are underrepresented." - Arlen Specter

"The movie industry would never purposely offend homosexuals, native Americans, environmentalists, animal rights activists, or women's groups, but they don't think twice about something that might offend Christians." - Tim Lahaye

"It invites a search for ultimate causes: why were Europeans, rather than Africans or Native Americans, the ones to end up with guns, the nastiest germs, and steel?" - Jared Diamond

"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

"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

"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

"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

"We are not better than native born Americans, and of course not smarter. We've just been to the last stop of this bus." - Sergei Dovlatov

"Now, we're Americans. Technically, who is from this country? Only the Indians, who we graciously let dwell on their native casinos." - Greg Proops

"We"re not Indians and we"re not Native Americans. We"re older than both concepts. We"re the people, we"re the human beings." - John Trudell

"We are not better than native born Americans, and of course not smarter. We"ve just been to the last stop of this bus." - Sergei Dovlatov

"Native people such as the Cherokees are just as human and complex and real as Americans are, and our nation needs to respect American Indian cultures and traditions." - Joseph Bruchac

"Look through the prayer books. You'll see lots of dates. You'll see names of Native Americans remembered. This was an open-sourcing project among so many people." - Shane Claiborne

"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

"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

"I've come to the point in my life where I encourage young Native Americans to become much more selfish about their personal needs and wants." - Sherman Alexie

"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

"Arizona faces unique healthcare challenges including uncompensated care for illegal immigrants, and the large number of Native Americans who live in remote and isolated areas of the state." - Rick Renzi

"I always see America as really belonging to the Native Americans. Even though I'm American, I still feel like a visitor in my own country." - Nicolas Cage

"It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it." - Eric Hoffer

"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

"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

"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

"I have been guilty of watching Westerns without acknowledging that Native Americans have gone through the same madness as African Americans. Isn't it extraordinary that sometimes the most offended have not seen others being offended?" - Judith Jamison

"I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I did' have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful." - Mike Carey

"I'm tired of hyphenated Americans." - Bobby Jindal

"Increasingly, Americans don't own America." - Marcy Kaptur

"Most Americans want health insurance." - Jacob Lew

"Most Americans are very responsible." - Michael Moore

"I think most Native American literature is unreadable by the vast majority of Native Americans. Generally speaking Indians don't read books. It's not a book culture. That's why I'm trying to make movies. Indians go to movies; Indians own video recorders." - Sherman Alexie

"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

"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

"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

"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

"America does not seem to remember that it derived its wealth, its values, its food, much of its medicine, and a large part of its "dream" from Native Americans." - Paula Gunn Allen

"Before me, my grandfathers, my uncles and my father were all boxers because Native Americans had to box in boarding schools. But in my time, when I grew up in Lawton Oklahoma, we didn't have boxing. I was a wrestler." - George Tahdooahnippah

"Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native [sic] Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture." - Bryan Fischer

"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

"The one being abhorrent to the powers above the earth and under them is the hyphenated American - the "German-American," the "Irish-American," or the "native-American." Be Americans, pure and simple!" - Theodore Roosevelt

"The romantic myth of the artist says that you are the Source. I have no illusion about that. Native Americans don't believe they are the Source. They have access to the Source. Endless access. But don't get confused." - Tori Amos

"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

"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

"For once, I believe that PETA, at least on the level of logic, is correct. If the NCAA has to protect offended Native Americans ... by God, PETA ought to advocate for the protection of every organism in the animal kingdom." - Tom Feeney

"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

"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 say, "It's a good day to die," and samurai live their life to die honorably, so that kind of energy creates a certain mindset of reactiveness with control to a point. And after that, it's gone." - Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

"Do you think we care about the feelings of Native Americans when we celebrate Columbus Day? That's the day that the white man discovered a land where Indians had been living for a few thousand years." - Carlos Mencia

"Pregnant women who are at risk for suffering complications and even death are in the prime of their lives. The most affected populations are minorities, Native Americans, immigrants, and women living in poverty and who speak little or no English." - Robin Lim

"Right to a speedy jury trial and so on and so forth. But what do they mean by 'person'? It certainly didn't mean individuals with flesh and blood like Native Americans who weren't persons, they don't have any rights." - Noam Chomsky

"Think about the amount of crap the US has done! Between slavery and the genocide of the Native Americans - if any of that had been filmed like [Adolf] Hitler, we'd never live it down." - Bill Burr

"Let the good times roll is especially or risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poor native judgment than members of better educated groups. Thus, they need stricter moral guidance from society." - Steve Sailer

"[Woman Walks Ahead] is from me being a very bizarre child. From the age of about 8 to the age of about 15, I was obsessed with Native Americans." - Steven Knight

"In Hollywood Westerns even in the Thirties and Forties, history was mythologized to accommodate some kind of moral code. And what really affects me deeply is when you see it taken to the extent where Native Americans become mythical people." - Jim Jarmusch

"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [the Native Americans]. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." - John Wayne

"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

"So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naive, I feel!" - Eddie Izzard

"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 had only stone and wooden weapons and no animals that could be ridden. Those military advantages repeatedly enabled troops of a few dozen mounted Spaniards to defeat Indian armies numbering in the thousands." - Jared Diamond

"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

"America is made up of people who came from someplace else. Even the Native Americans came over the Bering strait... America is what it is because people came from someplace else." - Isabel Wilkerson

"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

"Here, we tell the story: why the people came here, what they did when they got here, going back to the Native Americans and coming all the way forward." - Robert Patterson

"A range of studies shows there is no evidence immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans. In fact, first generation immigrants are predisposed to lower crime rates than native-born Americans. The two cities in this country most impacted by undocumented immigrants, you would think of the New York City with over 500,000 and Los Angeles, with a similar amount. Both those cities are among the safest in the free world." - Geraldo Rivera

"Phil Cousineau has created a fine companion book to accompany the important film he and Gary Rhine have made in defense of the religious traditions of Native Americans. [Native Americans] are recognized the world over as keepers of a vital piece of the Creator's original orders, and yet they are regarded as little more than squatters at home. This book features impressive interviews, beautiful illustrations, and gives a voice to the voiceless." - Peter Coyote

"Then let these useless streams be stayed; wear native courage in your face." - Isaac Watts

"Poets, the first instructors of mankind, Brought all things to the proper native use." - Horace

"Our native land attracts us with some mysterious charm, never to be forgotten." - Ovid

"A natural New Yorker is a native of the present tense." - V S Pritchett

"I'm so tired of the left trying to divide us by race. One of the things I said today in my speech, we're not Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, rich Americans, poor Americans. We're all Americans." - Bobby Jindal

"Immigrants have been coming here for a long time. The Americans that are afraid of others coming were immigrants once themselves, so they have a lot of nerve. We have a lot of nerve as a country. The only people that should have xenophobia are Native Americans. Everyone else should shut up." - Godfrey

"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

"Americans are once again looking outward" - Dan Rather

"Americans don't want leadership. They want alchemy." - Michael Kinsley

"Italian-Americans are not the Mafia." - Chazz Palminteri

"I'm a bit retarded, like most Americans." - Henry Miller

"Americans are shy about the body." - Ana Beatriz Barros

"Americans love to read about violence." - Bernadine Dohrn

"Life is very important to Americans." - Bob Dole

"Most Americans don't care about gay marriage." - Dan Savage

"Americans like fat books and thin women." - Russell Baker

"Americans are always a little bit insecure." - Michael Kors

"Americans are hidden dragons to me." - Ang Lee

"I love America. I love Americans." - John Lydon

"British girls are as temperamental as Americans." - Ivor Novello

"Because of the Civil Rights movement, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody ... Not just for blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and gay Americans and Americans with a disability. They swung open for you, and they swung open for me. And that's why I'm standing here today-because of those efforts, because of that legacy." - Barack Obama

"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

"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

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers." - Toni Morrison

"The expansion of this country was accomplished at the cost of decimation to the Native American population. The American Indian death toll due to the United States' march to the Pacific was massive. Much of the land we stole from the Native Americans is uninhabited to this day; basically, the Indians could have stayed where they were. Had America expanded its boundaries yet been true to its conscience, the American Indian nations could have remained intact. And were there a greater prevalence of Native American philosophy and culture in the United States today, the life of our nation would be immeasurably enriched." - Marianne Williamson

"My native land, good night!" - Lord Byron

"You know you're an Arizona native when you have to look up "mass transit" in the dictionary." - Paul Johnson

"O, the Shamrock, the green, immortal Shamrock! Chosen leaf OF Bard and Chief, Old Erin's native Shamrock." - Thomas Moore

"Our native land charms us with inexpressible sweetness, and never never allows us to forget that we belong to it." - Ovid

"Tis often seen Adoption strives with nature; and choice breeds A native slip to us from foreign lands." - William Shakespeare

"Facts are God's native tongue." - Michael Dowd

"Facts are God's native tongue." - Michael Dowd

"I'm a Native American actress." - Julia Jones

"Facts are God's native tongue." - Michael Dowd

"Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined." - Michael Moore

"If Trump doesn`t respect all Americans, how can we trust him to serve all Americans?" - Hillary Clinton

"Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans." - Bob Geldof

"There's a deep-seated paranoia that Americans have about not being Americans or something." - Billy Joel

"There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for. I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged. I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds." - Barack Obama

"Thus the white men and Native Americans were able, through the spirit of goodwill and compromise, to reach the first in what would become a long series of mutually beneficial, breached agreements that enabled the two cultures to coexist peacefully for stretches of twenty and sometimes even thirty days, after which it was usually necessary to negotiate new agreements that would be even more mutual and beneficial, until eventually the Native Americans were able to perceive the vast mutual benefits of living in rock-strewn sectors of South Dakota." - Dave Barry

"All the Americans in the study were native born, but the height of the mother does affect the growth potential of the child. So, there is a second generation effect. But this can explain only a small portion of the height difference between Americans and northern Europeans. Regarless of continent of origin, children who grow up under conditions of good health and nutrition are about the same height, on average." - Richard H. Steckel

"Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans." - Ami Bera

"I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; -neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"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 are not and must not be props in a sort of theme park of the past, where we go to have a good time and see exotic cultures. "What we have done to the peoples who were living in North America" is, according to anthropologist Sol Tax, "our Original Sin." - James W. Loewen

"It's therapy. [people] say true healing requires honest confrontation, and that can be seen on a macro scale with America and the things that have been swept under the rug, whether it be with the native Americans or slavery, or whatever holocaust that's happened on this soil." - Nate Parker

"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

"For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronising respect that puts everyone at a distance." - Slavoj Zizek

"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

"The Lamanites [Native Americans], now a down-trodden people, are a remnant of the house of Israel. The curse of God has followed them as it has done the Jews, though the Jews have not been darkened in their skin as have the Lamanites." - Wilford Woodruff

"We also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history." - Barack Obama

"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

"As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is a sign from the Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people, like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and peoples, is essential." - Thomas Banyacya

"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

"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

"America has always been the richest and most secure, and sometimes the most dangerous country in the world. In the early years, the danger was to everybody near us, slaves, Native Americans, Mexicans. It finally expanded in 1898 to the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines." - Noam Chomsky

"The Navajo Generating Station in Page, for example, employs hundreds of people, mostly Native Americans, and provides nearly all of the power for the Central Arizona Project. That means our entire state has a big stake in the energy production and economic stability of these plants." - Ann Kirkpatrick

"Five hundred years later we're still doing it. This is a moment where we're either going to reaffirm that's what we do [with Native Americans ], that's who we are, or we're going to start moving toward change. A change won't come easy, because there's a lot of big money that doesn't care about any of this." - Neil Young



Native Americans, Americans, African Americans, African Americans Music, All Americans, America and Americans, Anglo Americans, Black Americans, Fellow Americans, Wealthiest Americans, Young Americans, Native, Native American, Native Country, Native Land, Native Language, Native Place, Native Son, Native Tongue, Native Town,