Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

“I told the officer that this was a very bad business; that it was very bad for the commissioner to give such an order. I said it was very bad; that we ought not to fight, because we were brothers, and the officer said that that didn’t make any difference; that Americans would fight even though they were born of the same mother.”

Nicaagat of the White River Utes



“We never did the white man any harm; we don’t intend to… We are willing to be friends with the white man… The buffalo are diminishing fast. The antelope, that were plenty a few years ago, they are now thin. When they shall all die we shall be very hungry…”

Tonkahaska, Tall Bull, to General Scott Hancock


“You have driven me from the East to this place and I have been here for two thousand years or more… My friends, if you took me away from this land it would be very hard for me. I wish to die in this land. I wish to be an old man here… I have not wished to give even a part of it to your chieftain. Though he were to give me a million dollars I would not give him this land…

When people want to slaughter cattle they drive them along until they get them to a corral, and then they slaughter them. So it was with us… My children have been exterminated; my brother has been killed.”

Standing Bear of the Poncas

indian painting