Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.
I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.
Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them.
They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?
Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.
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?
I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.
Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.
This nation is like a spring freshet; it overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path.
In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.
I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.
The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.
If we must die, we die defending our rights.
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