Iron Thunderhorse∞ and The Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipac Tribal Council (ACQTC)1
Like the daybreak star
shining brilliantly against
a backdrop of eternal darkness,
the prophetic spark
of enlightened wisdom
shines forth from the heavens.
Prophecy is the beacon
that leads the insightful few
from chas to the spiritual center
of mystical equilibrium.
– IRON THUNDERHORSE, “RETURN OF THE THUNDERBEINGS,” 1990
As long as the drum beats,
As long as the river runs,
We will sing the songs of our people.
And in the new season
We shall plant the seeds of peace
And let them grow wild and free.
The old ways must not be forgotten.
Signs among us . . . Speak of danger !!!
We must follow the Great Law of Peace
To save our people
From fire hotter than a thousand suns.
The people long for the corn harvest
The smell of sweet grass on their land Birch-bark cradles and snapping turtle rattles. As long as the grass grows
A flower will grow
And we will be there for its fragrance.
– DENNIS BANKS, APRIL 30, 1991
The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was…
The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the measure of our bodies are the same…
Perhaps you think the Creator sent you here to dispose of us as you see fit.
If I thought you were sent by the Creator I might be induced to think you had a right to dispose of me… I never said the land was mine to do with as I chose. I claim a right to live on my land, and accord you the privilege to live on yours.
– HIN-MAH-TOO-YAH-LAT-KEKT OF THE NEZ PERCE, ALSO KNOWN AS CHIEF JOSEPH, 1877
When I was a boy, the Sioux owned the world; the sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten-thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them? What white man can say I ever stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet, they say I am a thief…
Who has ever come to me hungry and unfed? Who has ever seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken? Is it wrong for rme to love my own?…
Because I am a Sioux; because I was born where my father lived; because I would die for my people, and my country?
– TATANKA YOTANKA OF THE HUNKPAPA, ALSO KNOWN AS SITTING BULL, 1889
I have learned by experience
and you have seen for yourselves…
how VILEY these bearded [people]
have repaid me for all I did for them. They have given me a thousand insults; they have imprisoned me, and chained me up like a dog by the feet and
by the neck, and worst of all, they
have done this after giving me their word that they were with me and I with them, that we had become allies.
– MANKU OF THE INCA (SOUTHERN PERU), C. 1533 (Quoted from “Stolen Continents,” page 181).
His Catholic Majesty must know that we found these natives
who had so much wisdom
and committed so few crimes… There was then no evil thing, but today there is no good.
– MANCIO SIERRA, CONQUEROR OF PERU, 1589
I will say only one thing to you and
the venerable saintly priests. Why
didn’t you remember or take any notice
when the whites were killing so many
of us? Why didn’t you do anything when
a certain Father Herruera… put his
horse’s saddle on a poor Indian and
mounted on him, and began to whip him, gashing his belly with his spurs?…
WHY didn’t you take pity when that
happened? And now you remember,
now you know that there is a true God?
When they were killing us, didn’t you
know there was a true God?… but
rather, even in the dark of the night,
you were killing us
on the gallows!
– A MAYAN MAN’S REPLY TO A CHRISTIAN PRIEST WHO MANIPULATED HIM RELIGIOUSLY IN THE YEAR OF 1847
for my country
when I reflect
God is just.
– THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1784
Brother… listen to what we say. There was a time when our forefathers owned this great island. Their seats extend from the rising to the setting sun. The Great Spirit had made it for the use of Indians. He had created the buffalo, the deer, and other animals for food. He has made the bear and the beaver. Their skins served us for clothing… The white people, Brother, had now found our country. Tidings were carried back and more came…
Brother, continue to listen… We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers and has been handed down to us, their children…
Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion… We only want to enjoy our own.
– RED JACKET OF THE SENECA, 1805
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living…
Show respect to all men, but grovel to none…
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart… When your time comes to die… Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
– TECUMSEH OF THE SHAWNEE, APRIL 1809
You have taken me prisoner with all my warriors. I am much grieved… I expected to hold out much longer and give you more trouble before I surrendered.
Black Hawk is now a prisoner of the white man, but he can stand torture, and he is not afraid of death. He is no coward. Black Hawk is an Indian.
– CHIEF BLACK HAWK OF THE SAUK, CAPTURED BY THE BAD AXE MASSACRE, 1832
Hear ye, Dakotas! When the Great Father at Washington sent us his Chief Soldier to ask for a path through the hunting grounds, a way for his iron road to the mountains and the western sea, we were told that they wished merely to pass through our country, not to tarry amongst us, but to seek for gold in the far west. Our old chiefs thought to show their friendship and good will, when they allowed this dangerous snake in our midst…
Yet before the ashes of our council fires are cold, the Great Father is building his forts among us… His presence here is an insult and a threat. It is an insult to the spirits of our ancestors.
– MAȞPÍYA LÚTA OF THE OGLALA SIOUX, ALSO KNOWN AS RED CLOUD, 1868
You cannot harm me you cannot do harm to someone who has seen visions of the spirits
Consequently, your objective is to communicate to the court exactly what issue(s) you are seeking to advocate or litigate
Remember The Ancestors Remember Our Homeland Remember We Have the Power Of Transformation.