Chief Joseph - Quotes

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It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises.

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises.

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.

I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.

I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.

Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.

Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.

The first white men of your people who came to our country were named Lewis and Clark. They brought many things that our people had never seen. They talked straight. These men were very kind.

The first white men of your people who came to our country were named Lewis and Clark. They brought many things that our people had never seen. They talked straight. These men were very kind.

All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.

All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

We gave up some of our country to the white men, thinking that then we could have peace. We were mistaken. The white man would not let us alone. ---->>>

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up. ---->>>

I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.

I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.

Let me be a free man - free to travel, free to stop, free to work.

Let me be a free man - free to travel, free to stop, free to work.

I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. ---->>>

An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward. ---->>>

We soon found that the white men were growing rich very fast, and were greedy. ---->>>

We did not know there were other people besides the Indian until about one hundred winters ago, when some men with white faces came to our country. ---->>>

Good words will not give me back my children. ---->>>

A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country. ---->>>

I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated. ---->>>

We had a great many horses, of which we gave Lewis and Clark what they needed, and they gave us guns and tobacco in return. ---->>>

A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal. ---->>>

From where the sun now stands I will fight no more. ---->>>

I will speak with a straight tongue. ---->>>

When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill. ---->>>

My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.

My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.

I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my country. ---->>>

We ask to be recognized as men. ---->>>

For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had found gold in the mountains around the land of winding water. ---->>>

We had good white friends who advised us against taking the war path. My friend and brother, Mr. Chapman, told us just how the war would end. ---->>>

Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake. ---->>>

My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man. ---->>>

The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could claim them. ---->>>

I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition. ---->>>

I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people. ---->>>

War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war. ---->>>

If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. ---->>>

Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand. ---->>>

General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit, that he would give my people 30 days to go back home, collect all their stock, and move onto the reservation. ---->>>

Governor Isaac Stevens of the Washington Territory said there were a great many white people in our country, and many more would come; that he wanted the land marked out so that the Indians and the white man could be separated. ---->>>

We gathered all the stock we could find, and made an attempt to move. We left many of our horses and cattle in Wallowa. We lost several hundred in crossing the river. ---->>>

Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country. ---->>>

I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done. ---->>>

I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed. ---->>>

It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my people to be quiet and not to begin a war. ---->>>

I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people. ---->>>

My people were divided about surrendering. ---->>>

The Indian race are waiting and praying. ---->>>

Words do not pay for my dead people. ---->>>

I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth. ---->>>

We damaged all the big guns we could, and carried away the powder and the lead. ---->>>

When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt. ---->>>

I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty. ---->>>

I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed. ---->>>

I want the white people to understand my people. ---->>>

I know that my race must change. ---->>>

I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality:
Born: 06-21, 2015
Birthplace: Wallowa Valley, Oregon, US
Die: 09-21, 1904
Occupation: Leader
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Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it in Americanist orthography, popularly known as Chief Joseph or Young Joseph (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904), succeeded his father Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, in the interior Pacific Northwest region of the United States (wikipedia)