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Thanks to Lisa for sending this one!  This is one of the best ones we've heard in a long time.

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the
astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training.
 
  One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew
walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a
question. His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys
in the big suits doing?"

 One of the astronauts said that they were practicing a trip to
the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all
excited and asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a
message to deliver to the moon.
 
  Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA
official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an
underling to get a tape recorder.
 
 The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief and quiet. The
NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had
said.
 
The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But
he refused to translate.
 
   So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and
played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and
loudly but also refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.
 
  An official government translator was summoned.  After he
finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message the elder
wanted sent to the moon:

      "WATCH OUT FOR THESE ASSHOLES. THEY HAVE COME TO STEAL YOUR
LAND."

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