Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

“Beloved Cherokees,” wrote President Washington on this day, Aug. 29, 1796, “The wise men of the United States meet once a year to consider what will be for the good of their people. … I have thought that a meeting of your wise men … would be alike useful to you. … I now send my best wishes to the Cherokees and pray the Great Spirit to preserve them.” On another occasion, May 12, 1779, the Delaware Indian Chiefs brought to the Middle Brook military encampment three of their sons to be trained in American schools. Washington replied: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. … I pray God He may make your Nation wise and strong.”