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Navajo Nation

press release Seabees Train, Construct Navajo Indian Homes (8/21/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Active duty Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and reserve Seabees from NMCB-18 partnered with the Southwest Indian...
article Nez Welcomes General Clark to Navajo Nation (7/15/2019)
(Arizona) -- A highly decorated, retired four-star general visited the Navajo reservation last week. “It’s an honor to welcome General Clark to the Navajo...
article New acting director named for Navajo Nation Veterans Administration (7/4/2019)
(Arizona) -- A Marine Corps veteran has started service as the acting director for the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration. James D. Zwierlein was appointed on July 1...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Wounded Knee

article At Sioux City Native American forum, presidential hopefuls denounce Wounded Knee Medals of Honor (8/21/2019)
(Iowa) -- A group of six 2020 presidential candidates on Tuesday weighed in on issues of importance to Native Americans in a Sioux City forum, and a Native man led off...
article Presidential candidates support rescinding medals for Wounded Knee Massacre (8/21/2019)
(Iowa) -- Some of the Democratic presidential candidates said they support rescinding the 20 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. soldiers for the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.
article OP/ED: Wounded Knee And Medals Of Honor (7/15/2019)
(South Dakota) -- History, the saying goes, is written by the winners, a fact that can often produce one-side, one-dimensional views on the past, unless other voices are...
article Removing the Stain of Wounded Knee: Members of Congress Move to Rescind Medals of Honor (7/3/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Bodies frozen in the snow, a baby with five bullet wounds, small children shot at such close range their clothes and bodies were singed with...
article Lawmakers seek to rescind Medals of Honor from soldiers at Wounded Knee massacre (6/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Three House members are calling for Congress to posthumously rescind Medals of Honor awarded to 20 U.S. soldiers who participated in the 1890...
article Rep. Denny Heck: Bury the medals of Wounded Knee (6/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation to rescind 20 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded after the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota was unveiled Wednesday by U....
article Bill seeks to 'remove stain' of Wounded Knee Massacre medals (6/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- New federal legislation seeks to “Remove the Stain” from the Medal of Honor by rescinding 20 medals that were awarded to soldiers who...
article Deb Haaland Wants Justice for the Wounded Knee Massacre (6/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- To be awarded a Medal of Honor in the United States, a person must display “great personal bravery or self-sacrifice.” For the past 129...
article House lawmakers propose bill to rescind Medals of Honor awarded for Wounded Knee Massacre (6/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill introduced Tuesday would rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers who received them for actions during the Wounded Knee Massacre in...
article Three House members seek to strip Medals of Honor from 20 Wounded Knee Massacre soldiers (6/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Three House members have introduced a bill calling on Congress to strip Medals of Honor from 20 soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee...
article Descendants of Wounded Knee Massacre go to the Capitol to revoke medals of honor (6/23/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Nine Native Americans in South Dakota boarded a flight out of Rapid City Regional Airport Sunday morning to the Capitol to tell Congress to revoke...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Nellis seeks land expansion amid push-back from Moapa native tribe (8/19/2019)
(Nevada) -- Nellis Air Force Base is looking to expand the Nevada Test and Training Site amid push-back from local Native American tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes. It...
article Some Alaska Native veterans get another opportunity to claim 160 acres (6/20/2019)
(Alaska) -- Congress passed a law in March that gives Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War another chance to claim 160 acres of land. The Bureau of Land Management...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Apache Tribe

article Mescalero Apache hold blessing ceremony at WSMR (8/17/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The Mescalero Apache Tribe conducted a blessing ceremony on its ancestral homelands at White Sands Missile Range for the first time in more than a...
1 Article on this Issue

Mescalero Apache

article Mescalero Apache perform blessing ceremony at White Sands Missile Range (8/17/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The Mescalero Apache conducted a recent blessing ceremony on its ancestral homelands at White Sands Missile Range for the first time in more than a...
1 Article on this Issue

Code Talkers

article How Navajo code talkers helped win the Battle of Iwo Jima (8/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Thomas H. Begay didn't want to be a radio operator. In fact, up until he graduated from bootcamp, he thought he was going to become an aerial gunner for...
article A day to honor the Navajo Code Talker's legacy (8/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- On August 14th, 2019, the Navajo Nation celebrated the legacy and history of the Navajo Code Talkers. The event began with a parade that took the surviving...
article Navajo Nation Pays Tribute to Diné Warriors on Navajo Code Talker Day (8/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were joined by Navajo veterans, youth, elders, dignitaries, and many others on Wednesday...
article The Navajo weapon: Code Talker remembers WWII (8/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- Our country honors some of the brave World War II heroes on August 14, National Navajo Code Talkers Day. President Ronald Reagan declared the special day to...
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...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article RCMP-led Indigenous youth camp hopes to improve First Nation and Métis representation within the force (8/10/2019)
(Canada) -- The RCMP doesn't reflect all of the communities it serves — yet, according to Alberta-based officers. But Sgt. Kim Mueller is trying to change that...
1 Article on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article Crow Tribe, National Guard work together to build homes for veterans (8/7/2019)
(Montana) -- This house being built in a small neighborhood on a hill overlooking the town feels like success. Working on the house are members of the Montana and Hawaii...
1 Article on this Issue

Health Care

article Bill would expand health care options for Native veterans (8/3/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A bill introduced in Congress would expand health care options for Native American veterans.New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and California Rep. Ro Khanna...
article VA policy restricts ‘meaningful access’ to benefits for Native Americans (6/26/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Inside a small conference room in a hotel-casino on the Ohkay Owingeh reservation, attorney Carol Wild Scott sat across the table from veterans and their...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article VA, CN seeking Native veterans eligible for pensions (8/1/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Veterans Affairs and Cherokee Nation are hosting a VA Claims Event Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Cherokee Nation Tribal Veterans Building, 17675 S....
article US Navy to name future rescue vessel to honour Cherokee Nation (6/25/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Navy will name its newest towing, salvage, and rescue ship (T-ATS) Cherokee Nation in recognition of the service by tribal people.
article US Navy to Dub Newest Rescue Ship 'Cherokee Nation' (6/22/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the U.S. Navy's newest rescue ships is being named the "Cherokee Nation" to honor the service and contributions the Cherokee...
article Cherokee Nation is name for Navy's newest towing, salvage, rescue ship (6/21/2019)
(USA) -- The U.S. Navy's newest towing, salvage and rescue ship will be named Cherokee Nation, the military branch announced Friday. "It is my privilege to...
article Navy will name rescue ship 'Cherokee Nation' to honor tribe's contributions to the military (6/21/2019)
(USA) -- The U.S. Navy on Friday said it will name its newest rescue ship “Cherokee Nation” in honor of the contributions Cherokee people have made to the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Saginaw Chippewa

article Navy names new salvage and rescue ship in honor of Native American tribe (7/29/2019)
(Michigan) -- The Navy’s newest towing, salvage and rescue ship will be named to honor the history and service of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The...
article $65 million U.S. Navy ship to be named Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek (7/26/2019)
(Michigan) -- The U.S. Navy is naming its newest $65 million towing, salvage and rescue ship in honor of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe from Mid-Michigan. The Navy...
article Navy Ship named for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (7/26/2019)
(Michigan) -- A new Naval salvage ship will be named for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer made the announcement Friday...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Seneca Nation

article Seneca WWII veteran presented with Legion of Honor medal at Pow Wow (7/21/2019)
(New York) -- A very special honor was bestowed upon World War II veteran Ralph Elliot Bowen at this year’s Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow, as he...
1 Article on this Issue

Elizabeth Warren

article Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Gambling Disorder Bill to Help Military Service Members Dealing With Addiction (7/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is again introducing federal legislation to help active-duty military members who might be struggling...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article Warriors honored at Arlee Celebration (7/9/2019)
(Montana) -- The 121st Arlee Esqapqeyni began with a Snake Dance on Thursday afternoon, and the celebration continued through the weekend with many more traditional...
1 Article on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article Big Hole National Battlefield celebrates voice of Nez Perce Tribal Elder (7/3/2019)
(Montana) -- Don’t miss your chance to learn about the Flight of 1877 from Nez Perce Elder Darrell Wheeler. “The events of 1877 are a part of world history,...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Oneida Nation

article Oneida student shares legacy of Indigenous WWI soldiers in heritage fair project (7/1/2019)
(Ontario) -- A Grade 8 student from Oneida Nation of the Thames is hoping to take his heritage fair project to Ottawa, to help educate Canadians on the role Indigenous...
1 Article on this Issue

Pechanga Casino

article Upping the Ante on Security (7/1/2019)
(California) -- A decade ago, Robert Krauss met a United States veteran at a job fair while representing Pechanga Resort Casino, where he serves as vice president of...
1 Article on this Issue

Comanche Nation

article Comanche delegation shares its journey to ceremonies of D-Day (6/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- It was with awe and reverence that a delegation of 16 Comanches carried with them to the June 6 ceremony on Omaha Beach. It was a moment to recognize the...
1 Article on this Issue

Little Bighorn

article The Battle of Little Big Horn, Explained (6/25/2019)
(Montana) -- One warm summer evening in 1876, during Sundance ceremony, a Lakota holy man had a vision after fasting and praying for several days. In his vision, he saw...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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-...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article 225th anniversary of the Battle of the Fallen Timbers remembered in Maumee (8/18/2019)
(Ohio) -- August 20th, 1794: the Battle of Fallen Timbers lasted less than two hours but had lasting consequences. General 'Mad' Anthony Wayne's Legion of...
article Anaconda’s Army National Guard steps up for Native American veterans (8/17/2019)
(Montana) -- The troops from Anaconda’s Army National Guard 230th Engineers Co. work hard and are proud of their work. “That’s something that if we...
article 'It's been hell': Indigenous DND employee says harassment policy failed him (8/15/2019)
(Canada) -- Steve Morrisey devoted years of his career toward making the Canadian military a more friendly place for Indigenous members. Now, he's warning them to...
article Montana highway dedicated to first Native American woman to enlist in Marines (8/10/2019)
(Montana) -- A section of US Highway 89 was officially dedicated on Friday as "Minnie Spotted-Wolf Memorial Highway" in honor of the first Native American...
press release "Minnie Spotted-Wolf Memorial Highway" dedicated (8/10/2019)
(Montana) -- A section of US Highway 89 was officially dedicated on Friday as "Minnie Spotted-Wolf Memorial Highway" in honor of the first Native American...
article Highway memorial honors Minnie Spotted-Wolf (8/9/2019)
(Montana) -- Members of the Minnie Spotted-Wolf family gathered Friday on a stretch of highway near Heart Butte for the dedication of the route in her honor. The...
article Military service, American Indian heritage span generations for AETC civilian (8/5/2019)
(Texas) -- Military tradition and American Indian heritage go hand-in-hand for Edward Blauvelt, during both his military and community service. Blauvelt’s family...
article Coast Guard to bring back tribal liaison job (8/3/2019)
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska will once again have a tribal liaison. The position has been vacant for the last couple of years. Speaking during the Alaska...
article VA Secretary Wants To Focus On Rural, Native American Veterans (8/3/2019)
(Wyoming) -- About 10 percent of all adults in Wyoming are veterans. That group has long faced issues with getting access to proper medical treatment. But a new law...
article Bill would expand health care options for Native veterans (8/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill introduced in Congress would expand health care options for Native American veterans. New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and California Rep. Ro Khanna...
article Warriors honoring warriors (8/2/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- With the average age of members being approximately 60 years old, the Mvskoke Nation Honor Guard is beginning a push to recruit new members. “We are...
article ‘You shouldn’t sign up’ Native female Marine talks about her combat role (7/24/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Leondra Begay, a 22-year-old U.S. Marine, was once told by her brother that she shouldn’t sign up for a combat arms role in the Marines. Her...
article Showing veteran support, Mitchell becomes Purple Heart City (7/20/2019)
(South Dakota) -- To honor all United States military veterans who were wounded or died fighting for the country they served, the city of Mitchell recently became a...
article Showing veteran support, Mitchell becomes Purple Heart City (7/20/2019)
(South Dakota) -- To honor all United States military veterans who were wounded or died fighting for the country they served, the city of Mitchell has become a Purple...
article Exhibit shares history of Native American veterans (7/14/2019)
(Nebraska) -- A traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the history of Native Americans in the U.S. military is on display at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in eastern...
article Initiative to honour Indigenous veterans with new grave markers and their traditional names (7/13/2019)
(Alberta) -- For nearly four decades, Stephen McGregor searched for the grave of his father's cousin Sam Gagnon, an Algonquin soldier from Kitigan Zibi, Que., who...
article Hundreds of reenactors bring French & Indian War to life at Old Fort Niagara (7/6/2019)
(New York) -- One of the biggest French and Indian War reenactments in the world is happening at Old Fort Niagara this weekend. It’s a chance for visitors to step...
article VA opens sweat lodge, offers respite (7/5/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Near the eastern edge of the Sheridan Veteran Affairs Medical Center campus, an area sits slightly removed from the bustling complex of buildings. The quiet...
article VA opens sweat lodge, offers respite (7/5/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Near the eastern edge of the Sheridan Veteran Affairs Medical Center campus, an area sits slightly removed from the bustling complex of buildings. The quiet...
article Despite family tragedies, Fargo woman becomes first female Native American physician in ND Guard (6/30/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Ciciley Littlewolf joined the National Guard on a dare. “Women can’t be in the military,” she remembered her high school classmate...

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