Chief Joseph

Found 31 thoughts of Chief Joseph

Words do not pay for my dead people.

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph

I will speak with a straight tongue.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph

When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

My people were divided about surrendering.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph

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

Chief Joseph

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.

Chief Joseph
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