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              Native American Prayer

                Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,
               and whose breath gives life to all the world - hear
                  me. I come before you, one of your children. I am
                  small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
                      Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
                 the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect
               the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear
                   your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the
                 things you have taught my people, the lesson you
                  have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength
                  not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to
                       fight my greatest enemy, *MYSELF*. Make me ever
                     ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight
                     eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit
                 may come you without shame.

                             -Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief
 
 
 

            Oh Great Spirit

                   Let your voice whisper righteousness in our ear
                    through the west wind in the late of the day.
                Let us be comforted with love
                      for our brothers and sisters with no war.
                   Let us hold good health mentally and physically
                  to solve our problems and accomplish something
                for future generations of life.
                    Let us be sincere to ourselves and our youth
                     and make the world a better place to live.