Find the best quotes by Chief Joseph.
Good words will not give me back my children.
My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done.
Words do not pay for my dead people.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.
War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
The Indian race are waiting and praying.
I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people.
I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed.
A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country.
Let me be a free man – free to travel, free to stop, free to work.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
We soon found that the white men were growing rich very fast, and were greedy.
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…
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