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American Indian Pride

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 by bansal6

John Herrington was the first Native American to fly in space. That’s a really impressive achievement. Only one in a million people in the world are able to have that experience. Herrington was born in Wetumka, Oklahoma and is a member of the Chickasaw tribe. In the evening of November 23, 2002 on the space shuttle Endeavor he made history as the first Native American in space. To honor his Native American tribe, he took a Chickasaw Nation flag with him to the eleven day trip in space. The flag was presented to him by Bill Anoatuby, the governor of the Chickasaw nation. Several members of the Chickasaw nation witnessed the launch of the Endeavor at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Herrington is also a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) through which he promotes the involvement of Native American students in scientific areas. The fact that he took the Chickasaw flag with him to space shows the pride he has in being a Native American. Similar to the last story, he wanted to be recognized as a member of the Chickasaw nation. Also, he is able to bring a lot of attention to the Chickasaw nation itself and earns it a lot of recognition.

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