Red Cloud, fully Maȟpíya Lúta in Lakota

Red Cloud, fully Maȟpíya Lúta in Lakota
1822
1909

Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Chief, Warrior and Spokesman

Author Quotes

You have the sound of the white soldier's axe upon the Little Piney. His presence here is... an insult to the spirits of our ancestors. Are we then to give up their sacred graves to be ploughed for corn? Dakotas, I am for war!

You whites make all the ammunition.

Taku Shanskan is familiar with my spirit and when I die I will go with him. Then I will be with my forefathers. If this is not in the heaven of the white man I shall be satisfied. Wi is my father. The Wakan Tanka of the white man has overcome him. But I shall remain true to him.

Since they crossed the sea, I have given them room. There are now white people all about me. I have but a small spot of land left. The Great Spirit told me to keep it.

The Great Spirit will not make me suffer because I am ignorant. He will put me in a place where I shall be better off than in this world.

The white man has got the gold out of the land which belonged to the red man.

The whites are the same everywhere. I see them every day.

The whites, who are educated and civilized, swindle me, and I am not hard to swindle because I do not know how to read and write.

When I was a young man, I was poor. In a war with other nations, I was in eighty-seven fights. There I received my name and was made Chief of my nation. But now I am old and am for peace.

When the Lakotas believed these things they were happy and they died satisfied. What more than this can that which the white man offers us give?

When the white men came we gave them lands, and did not wish to hurt them. But the white man drove us back and took our lands. Then the Great Father [president of the United States] made us many promises, but they are not kept. He promised to give us large presents, and when they came to us they were small; they seemed to be lost on the way.

As a child I was taught the Taku Wakan (Supernatural Powers) were powerful and could do strange things. This was taught me by the wise men and the shamans. They taught me that I could gain their favor by being kind to my people and brave before my enemies; by telling the truth and living straight; by fighting for my people and their hunting grounds.

Whose voice was first sounded on this land? The voice of the red people who had but bows, and arrows... What has been done in my country I did not want, did not ask for it; white people going through my country... When the white man comes in my country he leaves a trail of blood behind him...I have two mountains in that country... The Black Hills and the Big Horn Mountain. I want the great father to make no roads through them. I have told these things three times; now I have come here to tell them the fourth time.

Even if you live forty or fifty years in this world, and then die, you cannot take all your goods with you.

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.

I was born a Lakota and I shall die a Lakota. Before the white man came to our country, the Lakotas were a free people. They made their own laws and governed themselves as it seemed good to them. The priests and ministers tell us that we lived wickedly when we lived before the white man came among us. Whose fault was this? We lived right as we were taught it was right. Shall we be punished for this? I am not sure that what these people tell me is true.

In 1868, men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they did not tell us truly what was in them. We thought the treaty was to remove the forts and for us to cease from fighting. But they wanted to send us traders on the Missouri, but we wanted traders where we were. When I reached Washington, the Great Father explained to me that the interpreters had deceived me. All I want is right and just.

My sun is set. My day is done. Darkness is stealing over me. Before I lie down to rise no more, I will speak to my people. Hear me, my friends, for it is not the time for me to tell you a lie. The Great Spirit made us, the Indians, and gave us this land we live in. He gave us the buffalo, the antelope, and the deer for food and clothing. We moved our hunting grounds from the Minnesota to the Platte and from the Mississippi to the great mountains. No one put bounds on us. We were free as the winds, and like the eagle, heard no man's commands.

Shadows are long and dark before me. I shall soon lie down to rise no more. While my spirit is with my body the smoke of my breath shall be towards the Sun for he knows all things and knows that I am still true to him.

We do not want riches, we want peace and love.

The Great Spirit raised both the white man and the Indian. I think he raised the Indian first. He raised me in this land, it belongs to me. The white man was raised over the great waters, and his land is over there.

They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

The fire of hope almost went out; we have to rekindle it,

Getting the goodness of light-skinned society ... Learn to live among them, learn their education, their language - all the goodness.

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Red Cloud, fully Maȟpíya Lúta in Lakota
Birth Date
1822
Death Date
1909
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Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Chief, Warrior and Spokesman