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"Attempts to convert Indians to Christianity created an uneasy peace. Over the course of his many years with the Massachusett, Eliot broke with the Puritan doctrine that the church should be composed only of those who bore signs of being the elect of God. He welcomed all, 'so as to keep the whole heape of chaff and corne together, only excluding the ignorant and prophane and scandalous.' His fellow Puritans did not welcome this inclusiveness, and they regarded with suspicion one among them who had learned to live with and respect the Indians. The Puritans relegated praying Indians to an inferior status among the elect, and they ostracized Indian sympathizers."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 355


"The English expected the Natives to give up their egalitarian gender roles. Women were no longer to cultivate the “sacred sisters” in the fields—beans, corn, and squash. Men were to stop hunting and grow flax for the women to weave into clothes that could be sold to the English."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 354


"Why should you take by force that from us which you can have by love? Why should you destroy us, who have provided you with food? What can you get by war? We can hide our provisions, and fly into the woods; and then you must consequently famish by wronging your friends. What is the cause of your jealousy? You see us unarmed, and willing to supply your wants, if you will come in a friendly manner, and not with swords and guns, as to invade an enemy . . . I, therefore, exhort you to peaceable councils; and, above all, I insist that the guns and swords, the cause of all our jealously and uneasiness, be removed and sent away."    - Wahunsonacock ; Quoted in Peter Nabokov, Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, Page 72.


"The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."    - Crazy Horse ; Oglala Lakota Sioux (circa 1840-1877)


"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money."    - Cree Nation ; Cree Prophecy


"I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love."    - Red Cloud ; Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)


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