Chief Joseph quote: “Treat all men alike.”


Chief Joseph quote:

“Too many misinterpretations have been made; too many misunderstandings have come up between the white men and the Indians. If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them the same laws. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect all rivers to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. If you tie a horse to a stake, do you expect he will grow fat? If you pen an Indian up on a small spot of earth and compel him to stay there, he will not be contented nor will he grow and prosper. I have asked some of the Great White Chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They cannot tell me.”

Chief Joseph, 1903
Chief Joseph, 1903

“Chief Joseph quote: ‘Treat all men alike.’” sources: Quote is from Lincoln Hall Speech in Washington D.C., in 1879 – Wikiquote / Portrait of Chief Joseph taken in 1877, likely by Orlando S. Goff – Wikimedia Commons

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