"The risks [in performing Native American rituals] are there. They exist and they can be very dangerous. It simply stands as an example of the true reasons most Natives are against this borrowing. It is a tit for tat. It arises from anger and a renewed grievance against whites in general and many years of seeing their practices performed by foolish and power hungry non-Natives who haven't a clue as to what they are doing. If the two sides of this disagreement could enter into a clear discussion about this issue then maybe they would accomplish something better than making the world an angrier place than it already is."
"One can say that the white man stole the american constitution, functional democracy, feminism, modern child care and many other concepts from native americans. Or you could look at it that the NAs have slowly been assimilating the euro-americans. After 500 years euro-americans are becoming proud of their NA blood, they are opening their eyes to more flexible religions, ecologically sound practices. You could take the leadership and save the entire planet from ecological disaster instead of huddling over some "ownership" issue of a ceremony. Intent is everything. When you pray it is your intent to heal that matters. I am not a wanna-be Indian. I am just attempting to find a path that works for me."
"My mother is Native American, my father is half Japanese and half Hispanic. I would never dream to be permitted to know the rich cultures of Japan and the Apache Nation, as my parents believed I would be outcast if they taught these things to me. To see people embracing 'religion' that is not theirs stirs something within me, truly. I wish I had the audacity to access the bigger picture, the languages, ceremonies, everything, and yet I envy that people are brazen enough to learn more than I know. I listen, and I am astounded, and I watch and I am awed."
"When people say, 'I feel drawn to Native American spirituality...I feel an affinity with Native Americans...I feel a connection to the earth...' what they are feeling is God calling them. You are searching for a path and it is being shown to you. It is the way of the Earth. It is the earth spirit stirring within you. That earth spirit is God, the Creator of all of the human beings, calling you. Showing you the way. God doesn't care what culture you are, he created them...and why would he care what tone the color of your skin is, he gave them to us. *I* think he wants to see us celebrate them. When you attend a powwow, when you hear those drums, that is what you're hearing."