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Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe

article United Voice: Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Honor MMIW With March (6/15/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Dozens of tribal families gathered Friday in Concho to honor local Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes hosted the event...
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Deb Haaland

article Rep. Haaland Secures New Mexico Jobs, Military Housing Protections, Contamination Cleanup, Climate Change Provisions in NDAA (6/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- After a 21-hour, U.S. House Armed Services Committee markup to address the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-...
article Rep. Haaland Travels to Middle East with House Armed Services Committee Delegation (3/27/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) traveled to the Middle East this week as part of a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Congressional delegation (...
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Nez Perce Tribe

article Anchorage man, 94, honored by Nez Perce Tribe as its last surviving WWII veteran (6/12/2019)
(Idaho) -- The oldest member of the Nez Perce Tribe and its last surviving veteran of World War II carefully made his way around the circle Saturday at the close of a...
article Welcome home, warrior (6/9/2019)
(Idaho) -- The oldest member of the Nez Perce Tribe and last surviving veteran of World War II carefully made his way around the circle Saturday at the close of a...
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Orca & Whales

article Citing possible harm to orcas, Seattle Mayor Durkan protests U.S. Navy training exercises (6/12/2019)
(Washington) -- Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan filed a letter of protest Wednesday on behalf of the city of Seattle, slamming proposed testing and training by the U.S. Navy...
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Code Talkers

article 'He loved his Marine uniform': Navajo Code Talker William Tully Brown Sr. laid to rest (6/8/2019)
(Arizona) -- William Tully Brown Sr. was a humble man who talked about his service as a Navajo Code Talker only when asked. Humble is the word his family continually...
article Last Remaining Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talker Dies (6/2/2019)
(New York) -- The last Mohawk World War II Code Talker has died. Louis Levi Oakes, an enrolled member of the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe, died Tuesday at the age of 94. In...
article Last surviving Mohawk Code Talker kept his secret for seven decades (5/29/2019)
(New York) -- After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1946, Levi Oakes returned home from the Pacific theatre and, like many men in the Mohawk communities of eastern...
article Funeral of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. (5/17/2019)
(Arizona) -- Fleming Begaye Sr. will be remembered for a lot of things. His service with the United States Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker. His success as a Navajo...
article Alaska Native servicemen finally honored as Code Talkers (3/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- Bean and the others had been forbidden to speak Tlingit as schoolchildren in their southeast Alaska villages. Later, they used it to provide the military...
article Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role (3/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- Army veteran Richard Bean Sr. took his wartime secret to the grave, dying a hero without anyone knowing about it for decades. Now Bean and four other long-...
article Alaska Legislature honors WWII Tlingit code talkers (3/7/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska State Legislature is posthumously honoring Tlingit code talkers and the role they played in helping to end World War II, by passing a citation....
article Tlingit code talkers honored for WWII service (3/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska State Legislature passed a citation Wednesday honoring Alaska’s Tlingit code talkers for their exemplary military service and the crucial...
article Author to share rich details of Code Talkers’ WWII service in Havasu (3/2/2019)
(Arizona) -- Their covert work was shrouded in secrecy for decades. But once the veil was lifted, the nation learned that World War II battles and the war itself may...
article Navajo President President Nez Testifies in Support of Navajo Code Talker Museum Funding (2/3/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by Vice President Myron Lizer on Thursday, as he provided testimony before the New Mexico Senate Indian...
article Alfred Newman, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94 (1/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- One of the last remaining members of the Navajo Code Talkers, who used their difficult-to-learn language to form an indecipherable code that helped the...
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Soboba Band

article Soboba salutes veterans (6/7/2019)
(California) -- In preparation for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Soboba Cemetery, members of the Soboba Youth Council and Soboba Tribal TANF joined with employees of...
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Leech Lake Band

article 'Be proud of this': Leech Lake band marks new cemetery for tribal veterans (6/6/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Spencer Whitefeather jolted the crowd to attention. The boisterous U.S. Marine veteran was one of several speakers who celebrated on Thursday a new...
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Snoqualmie Tribe

article Snoqualmie Casino Honors over 250 Veterans with Specially Minted Challenge Coin on Memorial Day (6/4/2019)
(Washington) -- In the month leading up to Memorial Day, Snoqualmie Casino publically invited any and all veterans in the surrounding area to receive a specially minted...
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Cherokee Nation

article VA, Cherokee Nation to host claims event (6/1/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- VA and Cherokee Nation are hosting a VA Claims Event 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 6, at Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave.,...
article CHIEF BAKER: Remembering and appreciating our military veterans (5/25/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- During the month of May, designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we always take time to recognize the many Native military veterans who have...
article BAKER: Remembering and appreciating our Cherokee military veterans (5/24/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- During the month of May, designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we always take time to recognize the many Native military veterans who have...
article Cherokee Nation honors Owasso veteran with prestigious Medal of Patriotism (5/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored three veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at its May Tribal Council meeting this week. John Carleton, 73, of Owasso, along...
article Five veterans honored by Cherokee Nation (3/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored five military veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the March Tribal Council meeting. Jerrald Richerson,...
article Cherokee Nation reps distribute Valentines for Vets in Claremore (2/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A Valentine’s Day celebration was held Feb. 14 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center when Cherokee Nation representatives handed out Valentines for...
article Cherokee Nation honors 13 military veterans in January (1/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored 13 military veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the January Tribal Council meeting Monday. The veterans...
article Holiday spotlight shines on Cherokee Nation veterans (12/31/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Veterans took center stage Dec. 21, 2018, during a Christmas celebration in their honor. Nearly 50 veterans, their families and also widows of veterans,...
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Wounded Knee

article In Philly lies a casualty of the Battle of the Little Bighorn — and a question of duty (5/25/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Some soldiers held dark premonitions ahead of the battle, imagining their own deaths. An Army scout began giving away his belongings once he understood...
article Trump's tweet sparks effort to rescind Wounded Knee medals (2/13/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A controversial tweet by President Donald Trump could be a catalyst to rescind medals that were awarded for the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, a South...
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Land Issues

article Persistence paid off in the fight to give Native veterans another chance to receive land (5/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but...
article Area of former Badlands Bombing Range could remain off-limits (2/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The last Defense Department-owned piece of the former Badlands Bombing Range has been made safer by extensive cleanup efforts, but it could remain...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Tribal member receives veterans award from state (5/18/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Mary Ann Welch Thompson has received a state award honoring her service to the country. Thompson, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Veterans Urged to Submit Claims to Recover Arizona Income Taxes (5/9/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are urging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the state of Arizona to recover income...
article Navajo Nation Announces New Class of Navy Ships (3/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation proudly announces that Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named the new class of U.S. Navy Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships...
article 'A deserved and overdue honor': Navy names new ship class after Navajo tribe (3/13/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A new class of U.S. Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships will be named Navajo in recognition of the tribe and the contributions the Navajo people have...
article Navy names new ship class after Navajo tribe (3/12/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A new class of U.S. Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships will be named Navajo in recognition of the tribe and the Diné people. Secretary of the Navy...
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Indiana Gaming

article Audit: Money for Indiana veterans was spent on child care, casino retreats (4/24/2019)
(Indiana) -- State auditors have found that an Indiana veterans affairs agency may have misspent nearly $775,000 in federal welfare funds. The spending at the Indiana...
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First Nations

article P.E.I. Mi'kmaw soldier buried in France honoured in new tribute (4/22/2019)
(France) -- It was 102 years ago that Pte. Peter Knockwood from Lennox Island died in battle at Vimy Ridge in France in the First World War — long-gone but not...
article 'The insult': Ottawa's move to honour Métis war vets comes after years of stonewalling (3/22/2019)
(Ottawa) -- They were the forgotten among the forgotten. Nearly 20 years ago, when Veterans Affairs Canada documented the "discrimination and outright fraud"...
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Miccosukee Tribe

article 201 years ago in Tallahassee: Jackson confronts the Miccosukee Indians (3/30/2019)
(Florida) -- April 1 marks an important historical event in both America’s and Leon County’s history: the 201st anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s...
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LGBTQ

article Shane Ortega on his lowest moment (2/3/2019)
(UK) -- Shane Ortega was the first person in the United States military to transition on active duty. As a committed member of the indigenous community, he also...
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Choctaw Nation

article A VETERAN’S STORY: Choctaw Courage (1/27/2019)
(Georgia) -- During the summer of 2009, he moved from his farm in Amelia County, Va., to live near his daughter in Henrico County. A decorated WWII veteran, the 90-year-...
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CSKT

article Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to join ceremonies launching submarine USS Montana (1/24/2019)
(Montana) -- Montana will be represented for the first time amongst the US Navy fleet of submarines. The “USS Montana,” a nuclear powered high-stealth...
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Covington

article New York Times issues correction on Nathan Phillips' military service (1/22/2019)
(New York) -- The New York Times acknowledged Tuesday that it had overstated the service record of Nathan Phillips, the American Indian protester whose confrontation...
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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article Brown celebrates historic signing between Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and CTUIR (1/19/2019)
(Oregon) -- The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) and Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at...
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Seminole Tribe

article Nature Coast was epicenter of Second Seminole War (1/7/2019)
(Florida) -- The Second Seminole War was very important to the United States as it opened up a large part of Florida for settlement. The U.S. Army recorded 1,466 deaths...
article Seminole Casino Coconut Creek honors 300 veterans at 12th annual luncheon (12/19/2018)
(Florida) -- For their service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, more than 300 veterans recently were feted with a buffet luncheon at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for...
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Crow Tribe

article Video of Crow elders presenting War Bonnet to soldier with honor song goes viral (12/31/2018)
(Montana) -- A video of a Crow soldier returning home that was presented with a war bonnet and an honor song by Crow elders has gone viral. On December 21st, the...
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Menominee Tribe

article Menominee tribal member and Army Reserves soldier dances at powwow at military base in Kuwait (12/14/2018)
(Kuwait) -- Among the many care packages recently sent to soldiers serving at an American military base in Kuwait was a box filled with unusual cargo. Not the beef jerky...
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Other News

article How the AH-64 Apache Became the Ultimate Attack Helicopter (6/15/2019)
(USA) -- Early in the morning of January 17, 1991, eight sleek helicopters bristling with missiles swooped low over the sands of the An Nafud desert in as they soared...
article Native veterans honored on 75th anniversary of D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy (6/11/2019)
(Arizona) -- In 2017, retired Master Sgt. Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot, a platoon medic for Fox Company of the 2nd Battalion for the 16th Infantry Regiment, was...
article Will Native American Veterans’ Memorial Neglect Some Service Members? (6/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- It was while listening to public radio during an evening commute in June 2018 that James Currie first learned the Smithsonian Institution’s...
article On D-Day, one Native American is left standing for the hundreds who fought (6/6/2019)
(France) -- Charles Shay may be the last living Native American World War II veteran who participated in D-Day. His return to the theater of war is a chance to honor the...
article 'Lest We Forget' documentary on 75th anniversary of D-Day (6/6/2019)
(USA) -- We mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which turned the tide in World War II on June 6, 1944. From the Veterans History Project of the Library of...
article On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Native Americans Take Part in Commemorating Veterans’ Service and Sacrifices (6/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Eighty Native American delegates have traveled to France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, the largest amphibious...
article ‘D-Day was a bad dream’: WWII veterans remember invasion 75 years later (6/5/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Joseph Johns had never heard of Normandy, France, when he received his first combat assignment for the Navy in 1944.
article Vietnam veteran riders back from Washington D.C. (6/4/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Four riders on three motorcycles from the Run for the Wall rest in downtown Winslow May 30. They were welcomed back home by the city of Winslow,...
article Native Americans' D-Day stories come to light (6/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Charles Norman Shay is one of the few remaining US veterans of World War II, but as a Native American the story of his people's courage and sacrifice on...
article WWII veteran is remembered as a 'warrior' by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (6/1/2019)
(Nevada) -- Cpl. Thomas McGinty was a man of few words. He seldom spoke about his time serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He never boasted about his work as a...
article Reno-Sparks Indian Colony warriors memorialized in tribal cemetery (5/29/2019)
(Nevada) -- The names of the 96 deceased Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Native warriors were unveiled on Memorial Day in the Hungry Valley Cemetery. Displayed on a custom-...
article California is home to more vets than any other state, and is making more memorials to ensure they're all recognized (5/26/2019)
(California) -- Arnold Zuniga walked quickly, quietly, to the wall of the fallen and dragged his finger across the name of the childhood friend who never came back. Fox...
article Calvet Secretary to speak at blessing of statue honoring American Indians on Memorial Day (5/25/2019)
(California) -- Vito Imbasciani MD, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, will be among the speakers at the blessing of a larger-than-life-size...
press release Rep. Ruben Gallego Introduces Resolution to Recognize Native American Veterans (5/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Ahead of Memorial Day, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) introduced a resolution to honor and recognize the military service and contributions of Native...
article Honoring our Native American service personnel on Memorial Day (5/24/2019)
(Idaho) -- Memorial Day is a time set aside for Americans to remember and honor those brave souls who died serving this wonderful country. They include men and women...
article Stewart Indian School in Carson City to recognize fallen Native American vets at Memorial Day ceremony (5/23/2019)
(Nevada) -- A Memorial Day ceremony to pay tribute to Native American war veterans who have died will be held on Monday, 10 a.m. at the Stewart Indian School Cemetery in...
article How to get a glimpse of the Native American veterans statue planned for Riverside National Cemetery (5/19/2019)
(California) -- Tall, bronze and stoic, the centerpiece statue of the proposed American Indian Veterans Memorial will one day overlook Riverside National Cemetery with...
article Honoring the Achievements of Native Americans in the Military (5/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at a higher rate per capita than any other population group and have done so since the American...
article This is the biggest victory Natives scored against the colonials (5/17/2019)
(Ohio) -- The fight against westward expansion of the United States did not go well for the native tribes of the Americas. But it didn't start out that way. In the...
article Why won't the Smithsonian agree to honor all Native American veterans in its new memorial? (5/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian Institution is about make a huge mistake by creating a Native American Veterans Memorial that will omit certain Native American...

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