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"The power and ways are given to us to be passed on to others..." Fools Crow, Ceremonial Chief of the Teton Sioux

"Good words do not last long until they amount to something." Chief Joseph - Nez Perce

"Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." Cree Indian Prophecy

The Circle of Life: "Man has a poor understanding of life. He mistakes knowledge for wisdom. He tries to unveil the Holy secrets of our Father, the Great Spirit. He attempts to impose his laws and ways on Mother Earth. Even though he, himself, is part of Nature, he chooses to disregard and ignore it for the sake of his own immediate gain. But the laws of Nature are far stronger than those of mankind. Man must be awake at last, and learn to understand how little time there remains before he will become the cause of his own downfall. And he has so much to learn. To learn to see with the heart. He must learn to respect Mother Earth - She who has given Life to everything; to our Brothers and Sisters, the Animals and the Plants; to the Rivers, the Lakes, the Oceans and the Winds. He must realize that this Planet does not belong to him, but that he has to care for and maintain the delicate balance of Nature for the sake of the well being of our children and of all future generations. It is the duty of man to preserve the Earth and the creation of the Great Spirit. Mankind being but a grain of sand in the Holy Circle which encloses all of Life." Chief White Cloud

"Your religious calling was written on plates of stone by the flaming finger of an angry God. Our religion was established by the traditions of our ancestors, the dreams of our elders that are given to them in the silent hours of night by the Great Spirit, and the premonitions of the Learned Beings. It is written in the hearts of our people, thus: We do not require churches - which would only lead us to argue about God. We do not wish this. Earthly things may be argued about with men, but we never argue over God. And the thought that white men should rule over Nature and change its ways following his liking was never understood by the red man. Our belief is that the Great Spirit has created all things. Not just mankind, but all animals, all plants, all rocks... all on Earth and amongst the stars, with true Soul. For us all, Life is Holy. But, you do not understand our prayers when we address the Sun, Moon and Winds. You have judged us without understanding. Only because our prayers are different. But we are able to live in harmony with all of Nature. All of Nature is within us and we are part of all Nature." Chief White Cloud

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