Onefeather Journal

"Coyote is sly and clever, eternal as the stars in the deep night sky
Coyote is mindful and patient, like the flowing river into the sea
Coyote is resourceful and makes sure he picks the bones clean
Dance with Coyote and find a part of your soul that you forgot..."


The Philosophy of the First Nation Peoples Continued

Insights From Native American Tribal Elders, Spiritual Leaders and Chieftains

"What white man can say I never stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet they say that I am a thief. What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.

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?

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."
​Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull) 1831 – 1890 Hunkpapa Lakota
"We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that away from us. My brothers, shall we submit or shall we say to them: 'First kill me before you take possession of my land” 
​Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull) 1831 – 1890 Hunkpapa Lakota
"If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, and in my heart he put other and different desires. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows."
​Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull) 1831 – 1890 Hunkpapa Lakota
“Behold, the Spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!

Every seed is awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

​Yet, hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. The nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all that are in its path.

​Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. Now we are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights"

Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull) 1831 – 1890 Hunkpapa Lakota

Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake

(Sitting Bull)

Hunkpapa Lakota 1831 – 1890