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These Native American quotes include quotes from Minnesota Native Americans Winona LaDuke and Louise Erdrich.

Native American Quotes
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth.

You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ~Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

"What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time." ~ Winona LaDuke

"You can not destroy one who has dreamed a dream like mine." ("Gaa wiin daa-aangoshkigaazo ahaw enaabiyaan gaa-inaabid.") ~ Ojibwe Saying

"What the people believe is true." ~Anishinabe saying

“Someone says we begin to die the minute we're born. Death is a part of life. Who knows why the Creator thins the herd. Another old saying says we must all be prepared to give up those we love or die first. Take time to mourn.” ~ Jim Northrup, Walking The Rez Road

These Native American quotes are just a few of many from Ojibwe/Anishinabe writers.

Interview With Paul Buffalo is the chronicle of the life of an Ojibwe man who lived in and around the Cass Lake area where I spent so many years. Timothy G. Roufs, University of Minnesota Duluth, is the author of this amazing document.


Native American Quotes from Other Tribes 

Native American Quotes

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. ~ Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)

Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red?
Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived?
Because I would die for my people and my country?
God made me an Indian.
~Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota (circa 1831-1890)

"One day I realized that my entire back seat was filled with relatives who wondered why I wasn’t paying more attention to their part of the family story. . . . Sooner or later they all come up to the front seat and whisper stories in my ear." ~ Diane Wilson, Spirit Car

Spirit Car: A Journey to a Dakota Past This counterpoint of memoir and carefully researched fiction is an amazing narrative that ties modern Minnesota to the single most painful event in its history.


"Only to the white man was nature a wilderness and only to him was the land 'infested' with 'wild' animals and 'savage' people. To us it was tame, Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery." ~ Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1863-1950)

Visit Pipestone National Monument at Pipestone Minnesota.

I ask for wisdom and strength
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come before you with
clean hands and a straight eye.
So as life fades away as a fading sunset.
My spirit may come to you without shame ~ Ojibwe Prayer

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