Andrew Cuomo "Paraphrases" a "Native American Proverb"
His comment in a gubernatorial debate:
But then, on top of the lumping of all the distinct tribes and communities into one generic "Native American," we of course have the fabulous stereotyping of all Natives as being the perfect environmentalists. Crying a single tear for Mother Earth (I could actually write an entire post on that commercial alone). There is just as much harm in romanticizing Native peoples (the Noble Savage) as there is in vilifying. Either end of the spectrum creates absolutes, and erases the nuance and reality of an extremely heterogeneous, diverse, and huge group of people. We are not all warring savages, we are not all peaceful environmentalists, we are people. Real, living people, who believe in different things and act like individuals. How ridiculous is it that I even have to type that out?
For the standard view of Natives' appreciation of nature, see Climate-Change Conference in Bolivia and Natives Understand Nature's Value. For a contradictory example, see Real Conflict in Everybody Loves Whales.