From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
"The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us
to be what they call "assimilated," bringing the Indians into the mainstream and
destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we
should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and
greedy, which is very different from our way.
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be intergrated. We don't want
any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our
religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don't
want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be
ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land
and because we belong here.
The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom
and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not