“It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.
The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have—to relatives, to guests of other tribes or clans, but above all to the poor and the aged, from whom they can hope for no return.”
– Ohiyesa, also known as Charles Eastman.
He was a Santee Dakota physician educated at Boston University, a writer, national lecturer, and reformer, who started 32 Native American chapters of the YMCA and helped found the Boy Scouts.