John Trudell - A Native American Warrior
Excerpts from John Trudell's book "Stickman" (ISBN 0-9625119-8-6)
Of all the Native American Warriors, John Trudell is a consummate warrior with a message we all need to hear.
"We are a spirit, we are a natural part of the earth, and all of our ancestors, all of our relations who have gone to the spirit world, they are here with us. That's power. They will help us. They will help us to see if we are willing to look. We are not separated from them because there's no place to go -- we stay here. This is our place: the earth. This is our mother: we will not go away from our mother.
"And no matter what they ever do to us, no matter how they ever strike at us, we must never become reactionary. The one thing that has always bothered me about revolution, every time I have seen the revolutionary, is they have reacted out of hatred for the oppressor. We must do this for the love of our people.
No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense." - Trudell
Black Hills Survival gathering, 1980