Chief Joseph Quote

“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.”

~ Chief Joseph

Lincoln Hall Speech, Washington, DC (January 14, 1879)

Ratings and Comments

J Carlton, Calgary

Quite unlike today's America

E Archer, NYC

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.

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to Amerika, where such natural law freedom(s) is considered a crime.

Zapato, Brush Prairie

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.

Dave, Indy


Ron w13, Or

Live free at peace, or die well. Choctaw.


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