The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it.
There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.
Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.
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 from us also.
Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!
What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.
They want us to give up another chunk of our tribal land. This is not the first time or the last time.
It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.
Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.
If we must die, we die defending our rights.
If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place.
This nation is like a spring freshet; it overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path.
If I agree to dispose of any part of our land to the white people I would feel guilty of taking food away from our children's mouths, and I do not wish to be that mean.
Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.
In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.
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.
Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps.
I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.
I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.
I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.