All birds, even those of the same species are not alike, and it is the same with animals as with human beings. The reason Wakantanka does not make two birds, or two animals, or humans exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakantanka to be an independent individuality and to rely on its self. —Shooter, Teton Sioux

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Chief from the Blackfeet Teton band of the Lakota Sioux, later presiding as a Lakota chief. His warrior name was Ma-tow-a-tak-pe or Charging Bear and he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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Vash Gon - Jicarilla. Photo by Edward Curtis around 1907-1930. His work did do its part to perpetuate the "noble savage" stereotype, but they're still beautiful photographs that recognize the humanity of the subjects.

A photograph of an Indian Maiden. The picture was taken in 1904. I have no information on the photograph, other than it is captioned, "Minnehaha".

If the Great Spirit has desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. Now we are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights. --Sitting Bull - Teton Sioux

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Will Sampson (1933-1987) was an American film and television actor. He was a Native American Muscogee. Sampson was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. After he was pardoned, after serving ten years, his release came without apology or compensation.

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Stella Yellow Shirt, Dakota Sioux, with infant

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Carapella has designed maps of Canada and the continental U.S. showing the original locations and names of Native American tribes. View the full map (PDF).

Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux war chief, Sitting Bull

Feather Headdress circa 1925 from United States, North or South Dakota. Culture: Lakota (Teton Sioux). Credit Line: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, Catherine Bradford Collection, Gift of the Coe Foundation...part of the exhibition " The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky"

“The animals had rights - the right of a man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness - and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal, and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing.” - Chief Luther Standing Bear - Oglala Sioux

We are all human. It makesy heart sick to think of all the good words and broken premises. Chief Joseph. Nez Perce Tribe

The Native American commandments -Except the Great Spirit but after all why not, I respect Animism more than any other religious system (non-human entities are spiritual beings)