Inspiration and motivation

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. Ida B. Wells

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you Maya Angelou

"You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change somethin, build a new model that makes the exisitng model obsolete" Buckminster Fuller

Kayhr Kolvitz

Our Lives begin to end quote

We know we cannot live in the past, but the past lives in us

the legacy of conquest

As Idle No More goes forward, Naomi Klein expresses the important need for a thorough examination of this history!

As Idle No More goes forward, Naomi Klein expresses the important need for a thorough examination of this history!

Arundhati Roy

Education is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society. Compassion and peace of mind bring a sense of confidence that reduce stress and anxiety, whereas anger and hatred come from frustration and undermine our sense of trust. Because of ignorance, many of our problems are our own creation. Education, however, is the instrument that increases our ability to employ our own intelligence. – Dalai Lama

Quote by Linda Hogan

There is an ancient Indian saying~ Something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant & immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous & unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember & seek the truth.
~Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman

Great Moments in History!

It is mother’s, not warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday

We are our history!

Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present, Paolo Coehlo

Winston Churchill Quote

Bishop Desmond Tutu reflects on colonialism in Africa

“The price of failure to confront the past is failure in the future.” Peter D’Errico

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility” – Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul.” -Walt Whitman

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” –Steve Jobs

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Don’t teach your children how to read, teach your children how to question what they read.” George Carlin

“There is only one thing which interests me vitally now, and that is the recording of all that which is omitted in books.”―Henry Miller

“It is the first time, in a rather comprehensive way, the Congress of the United States and the President of the United States have acknowledged that our version of events is the correct one; our version of the removal era, our version of warfare, our version of the assimilation period, our version of termination, is the correct one. And that is something momentous to me.” – Director Kevin Gover of NMAI

http://nativetimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4825%3Arights-of-indigenous-peoples-gained-international-attention-support-in-2010&catid=51&Itemid=27

The next time you feel fear, either right after a major decision orjust before one, it usually means you’re exactly where you need to be.

A Brave and Startling Truth

Maya Angelou

American Poet, Author and Actress

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet

Traveling through casual space

Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns

To a destination where all signs tell us

It is possible and imperative that we learn

A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it

To the day of peacemaking

When we release our fingers

From fists of hostility

And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it

When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate

And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean

When battlefields and coliseum

No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters

Up with the bruised and bloody grass

To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches

The screaming racket in the temples have ceased

When the pennants are waving gaily

When the banners of the world tremble

Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it

When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders

And children dress their dolls in flags of truce

When land mines of death have been removed

And the aged can walk into evenings of peace

When religious ritual is not perfumed

By the incense of burning flesh

And childhood dreams are not kicked awake

By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it

Then we will confess that not the Pyramids

With their stones set in mysterious perfection

Nor the Gardens of Babylon

Hanging as eternal beauty

In our collective memory

Not the Grand Canyon

Kindled into delicious color

By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe

Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji

Stretching to the Rising Sun

Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,

Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores

These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it

We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe

Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger

Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace

We, this people on this mote of matter

In whose mouths abide cankerous words

Which challenge our very existence

Yet out of those same mouths

Come songs of such exquisite sweetness

That the heart falters in its labor

And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet

Whose hands can strike with such abandon

That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living

Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness

That the haughty neck is happy to bow

And the proud back is glad to bend

Out of such chaos, of such contradiction

We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it

We, this people, on this wayward, floating body

Created on this earth, of this earth

Have the power to fashion for this earth

A climate where every man and every woman

Can live freely without sanctimonious piety

Without crippling fear

When we come to it

We must confess that we are the possible

We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world

That is when, and only when

We come to it.

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