You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.
I firmly believe that American society would not endure ten years if subjected to half the trials and tortures we’ve put Natives through. And yet Native peoples have not been utterly destroyed, not by the world’s strongest military. They have not been totally assimilated, not by the world’s largest religion. Native religions are indeed concerned with being a good person, respecting one’s family, ancestors, community, and the Earth—and when these principles are lived, there is great strength.
Our task is to build cultural fortresses to protect our emerging nativeness. They must be strong enough to hold at bay the powers of consumerism, the powers of greed and envy and pride. One of the most effective ways for this to come about would be for our universities to assume the awesome responsibility to both validate and educate those who want to be homecomers -- not necessarily to go home but to go someplace and dig in and begin the long search and experiment to become native.
I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro - that's the Scotch-Irish part.
Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans.
From the newest arrivals to our Native American brothers and sisters, we are one America.
I am a native of Hollis, Queens, N.Y.
The native music of North America, the original-roots music of this country, is also the underworld music of this country.