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Born: 1945-11-18
Profession: Statesman
Nation: Cherokee
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The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

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Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.

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A lot of young girls have looked to their career paths and have said they'd like to be chief. There's been a change in the limits people see.

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I don't think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.

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In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people.

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I've run into more discrimination as a woman than as an Indian.

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We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done.

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Everybody is sitting around saying, 'Well, jeez, we need somebody to solve this problem of bias.' That somebody is us. We all have to try to figure out a better way to get along.

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America would be a better place if leaders would do more long-term thinking.

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Growth is a painful process.

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I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves.

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Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief.

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There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history.

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