THE AMERICAN INDIAN TODAY
JOHN D. WOLF
To the Fort Wayne, Indiana Quest Club
March 7, 1980
"I AM tired of talk that comes to nothing. It
makes my heart sick when I remember all the good
words and all the broken promises. There has been
too much talking by men who had no right to talk.
Too many misinterpretations have been made; too
many misunderstandings have come up between the
white men about the Indians.
I know that my race must change. We cannot
hold our own with the white men as we are. We
only ask an even chance to live as other men live.
We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the
same law shall work alike on all men. If an
Indian breaks the law, punish him by the law. If a
white man breaks the law, punish him also.
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 think and talk and
act for myself--and I will obey every law or
submit to the penalty."
—Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
(January 14, 1879)
Members of the Quest Club authorize the Allen County Public Library to digitize and publish past, present and future Quest Club papers for dissemination on the Allen County Public Library website (Board of Directors of Quest Club, Inc., Resolution of May 2010).