"Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop,
free to work, free to trade where I choose,
free to choose my own teachers,
free to follow the religion of my fathers,
free to talk, think and act for myself --
and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty."
by:
Chief Joseph
(1840-1904) Chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce Indians
Source:
Lincoln Hall Speech, Washington, DC (January 14, 1879)
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Quite unlike today's America
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Americans will eventually have to face their history of hypocrisy. Chief Joseph's words express the very essense of freedom and responsibility. And the native American peoplee were called 'barbarians' -- such a shame.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- warren, olathe      
    Welcome to Amerika, where such natural law freedom(s) is considered a crime.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, austin tx      
    The pursuit of freedom is seldom expressed so simply. Truly wise words from a ''savage''. When you study Chief Joseph it becomes clear why the Wallowas chose him as their chief.
     -- Zapato, Brush Prairie     
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    Amen!
     -- Dave, Indy     
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    Live free at peace, or die well. Choctaw.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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