"I’ve found a friend!" Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin tells Crikey as she walks across the dusty main street of Yuendumu with Peggy Nampijinpa Brown.

Jenny and Nampijinpa have just been to visit the several hundred people who have come down from their sorry business at West Camp where they are mourning the recent loss of a young man who had lost his long and brave battle with serious illness this past Saturday night. On hearing of his passing the first reaction for the planners of the Yuendumu Pool project was to cancel the grand opening scheduled for the following Monday.