"Sometimes prejudices have to die a natural death," Mr. Smith said. "Maybe it'll take another generation of those people to understand that their ancestors' prejudices have lived long enough."
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For years, Mr. Smith said, a group of Cherokees would attend school board meetings in Tulsa in an attempt to share their thoughts about the name with members, but the campaign fell on deaf ears.