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.
I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.
I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed.
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 want the white people to understand my people.
I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people.
I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people.
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.
My father.. Had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
My people were divided about surrendering.
Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand.
The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
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.
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.