Indian Chief and the Moon Minute for Boy Scouts

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This Minute is meant for Boy Scouts.
Can be used to start talk about gaining and losing someone's trust.
Several years ago when NASA needed to test their equipment which was going to the moon, they decided an area of desert in the Southwest would be best to represent those conditions they would have to encounter on the moon. As the testing began, one of the scientists noticed along the horizon two men on horses. His curiousity got the best of him and he headed out to meet these visitors who turned out to be Indians.
He introduced himself to the two Indians. One, the elder Chieftain and the other, the Chieftain's son. The son asked the questions of the scientist as his father did not know English. As he translated the information to his father, his father's face became very concerned looking. His father then spoke in their native language to the son to which the son turned to the scientist and said "My father would like to send a message to the moon if you would be so kind."
The scientist, excited by the opportunity, responded, "Yes". The son took great care in passing along his father's message syllable by syllable to the scientist, but could be seen with a slight grin on his face. Since the message was in Indian, the scientist did not know what it meant so he asked for a translation. The son was instructed by the Chieftain not to translate the message and to send it as given. Of course, in honor of his wishes, the scientist made note of the message and promised to send it along.

The scientist went back and tried to find someone to translate the message since he was so curious. All those he found that could understand the message would only grin and protect the mystery of the message. Finally, he found one person able and willing to translate the message. The Chieftain's message was simple - "Beware. Do not trust them. They come to steal your land!"
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