I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition.
I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed.
War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
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.
I know that my race must change.
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.
A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal.
An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.
Let me be a free man - free to travel, free to stop, free to work.
My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
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.
All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.
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.
Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.
We ask to be recognized as men.