Yellow Bird: Astronauts were elite courageous
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"In isolated areas, we are sometimes insulated from national incidents. That is particularly true on reservations. Sometimes while on the reservation, I find it easy to forget the threat of impending war with Iraq, the gloomy economy and threats of terrorism.

When I look out the window toward the prairie and see Lake Sakakawea nestling against the prairie hills like a huge dog with her head in the lap of her master, there is a sense of peacefulness.

This sense can be so strong that when acts of hate take place such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and the suicide bombings in the Middle East and Europe, at times it's hard to remember the connection with national leaders.

But this national incident was different. It was men and women on a scientific mission - the elite and the most courageous searching for answers to a better way of life."

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