Team Thunder’s Elder, Dr. Bellcourt, has accomplished great things. Native Americans hTeam Thunder’s Elder, Dr. Bellcourt, has accomplished great things. Native Americans have always shared an interconnection with the land that surrounds them. For thousands of generations, they have lived feasible lives where sustainability and preservation have flourished. Holding on to and protecting those beliefs and values are often conflicted with western science. Dr. Bellcourt has worked steadfastly at weaving Native American culture and western science together. He has recognized that in recent years that western science has begun to acknowledge it’s better to have inclusive science. His work has included working with manoomin (wild rice). Using western scientific methods and advice from tribal elders, graduate students were able to compile scientific evidence of maintaining the stability of the grain over time. Caribou Thunder takes great satisfaction in having Dr. Bellcourt as our Elder.