"A meeting of chance/ with that train station glance/ many lifetimes have passed/ in an instant reminded" -Conor Oberst with his Bright Eyes tune "Cleanse Song"
"We are two distinct races with separate origins and separate destinies. To us the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. You wander far from the graves of your ancestors and seemingly without regret...
But why should I mourn at the untimely fate of my people? Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation and regret is useless...
But when the last Red man shall have become a myth among the White men...when your children's children think themselves alone in the field, the store, upon the highway, or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone. In all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude. At night when the streets of your cities are silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land. The White man will never be alone.
Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless. Dead --- I say? There is no death. Only a change of worlds."
Chief Seattle in a speech to Governor Isaac Stevens in 1855 upon the signing of the Port Elliott Treaty, essentially surrendering his lands that would become Seattle for a reservation.