Cherokee Prayer ~Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let us be done with faultfinding and leave off self-seeking. May we put away all pretenses and meet each other, face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Let us take time for all things; make us to grow calm, serene, and gentle. Teach us to put in action our better impulses-straightforward and unafraid...."
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Cherokee woman and child
Norma Des Cygne Smallwood, a full blood Cherokee, from Tulsa, OK. While a student at Oklahoma State Univ., she entered the Miss America pageant in 1926. She was crowned the first Native American to win the title. Her keen business sense during her reign caused her to earn more than either Babe Ruth or the president of the U.S.A. at the time.