National Geographic : 1971 Aug
How can I help?: Two Chey ennes in the Clinton town jail get counsel from Lawrence H. Hart, center, who has dedi cated his life to aiding fellow Indians. The Cheyenne chief and onetime Marine Corps pi lot acts as director of the Com mittee of Concern, a group that strives to remedy the Indians' plight: a 45 percent dropout rate among school children, widespread alcohol ism, and, often, a disregard for time that hinders jobholding. For braves gone to war, Cheyenne women of Clinton gather in prayer. Intensely proud of their sons' patriot ism, the War Mothers organize farewell and homecoming ceremonies. They wear vivid cloaks to ensure that others in the community do not forget those in uniform. Nearly 100,000 Indians live in Oklahoma, an eighth of all those in the United States.