WHAT IS A NATIVE?

It is not blood that makes a Native American… It is the soul… Too many… with the fire of Native blood… walk ignored. Do not say I am Apache or Kickapoo. Do not say I am Sioux or Cherokee. Say… I am of the Mother Tribe… This is the pain of our children… To return from the stars without a home or community… A tribe lost returns… scattered in the wind. Those who hear must unite and reap the seed of this return. ONE tribe…ONE Earth…ONE Heart…One People. Those with ears must build a fire and give thanks this night. Be united with ONE soul. Oh, my Children come home… Teachers step forward without fear… You are real. (Author Unknown)

1991: Onondaga Prophecies

“We have to get back to the spiritual law if we are to survive.” The speaker is a Native American leader in conversation with Bill Moyers on the television special Moyers/Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper. July 1991 As a “Faithkeeper,” Oren Lyons is the person responsible for passing on and interpreting his people’s traditions, legends, and prophecies. He is a Chief of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga, one of the Six Nations in the Iroquois Confederation. Moyers talks with him in his cabin on Onondaga land in upstate New York. Lyons’ words are startling both for their historical perspective and their practical value. Giving a history lesson which will be news to many Americans, he explains how the Founding Fathers of the United States drew upon the American system of government when making their plans for the nation. As early as 1744, Benjamin Franklin was present at a meeting […] Read More

2000: A Spiritual Message to America from the Nation’s Native Elders

  This Message to America is the result of the National Indian Council on Aging’s year 2000 Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 1700 elders from 108 tribes across America attended and contributed to the words in this message. Think about your elders as you read this. They came together, setting aside tribal and political differences in order for you and your children to have some words of wisdom to help you in your lives.  Please pass this on to as many people as you can, both Native and non-Native alike. These are the words of our Native elders, but the values expressed can be appreciated by all of humanity. Once you have read it, you are responsible for it. These are the elders’ hopes and dreams for the world you re-create every day. If you have any questions, please call (505) 292-2001. Brooke Mosay Ammann NICOA Assistant Director […] Read More

Origin of the Lakota Peace Pipe

Lakota Native American Lore Long, long ago, two young and handsome Lakota were chosen by their band to find out where the buffalo were. While the men were riding in the buffalo country, they saw someone in the distance walking toward them. As always they were on the watch for any enemy. So they hid in some bushes and waited. At last the figure came up the slope. To their surprise, the figure walking toward them was a woman. When she came closer, she stopped and looked at them. They knew that she could see them, even in their hiding place. On her left arm she carried what looked like a stick in a bundle of sagebrush. Her face was beautiful. One of the men said, “She is more beautiful than anyone I have ever seen. I want her for my wife.” But the other man replied, “How dare […] Read More