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White Mountain Apache

article Pilot of plane downed near tribal land says leaders misrepresented his recovery effort (10/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- The pilot of a World War II-era plane that crashed either on or near the Fort Apache Indian Reservation last year is disputing claims made by the White...
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Trump Adminstration

article VA secretary says he's committed to Native American, rural veterans (10/2/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The head of U.S. Veteran Affairs said Tuesday he is committed to helping Native American veterans and providing services to rural America, where...
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Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation’s New Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advocates for Warriors (10/1/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- As Cherokee people, we have always respected our warriors – people willing to fight for us, for our values and for our way of life. Under my...
article Chief Chat: New Secretary of Veterans Affairs advocates for warriors (9/28/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- As Cherokee people, we have always respected our warriors — people willing to fight for us, for our values and for our way of life. Under my...
article The Italian Campaign, the Lord’s Prayer in Cherokee, and U.S. Army Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Roach (9/21/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the most poignant donations the National Museum of the American Indian has ever received is a Cherokee prayer card carried during World War...
article 10 Cherokee veterans honored with Warrior Flight to U.S. capital (9/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Ten Cherokee veterans visited Washington, D.C., Sept. 9-11 as part of the Cherokee Nation’s sixth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight. Collectively, the...
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.
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Afghanistan and Iraq veterans were the 'ground zero' of the opioid crisis: Study (9/17/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Veterans who were stationed in Afghan and Iraqi war zones after the 9/11 terror attacks have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis, according to new...
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Wyandotte Nation

article Wyandotte exhibit highlights Native American military service dating back to Civil War (9/11/2019)
(Missouri) -- During the past two years, the tribe has collected the work of Eastern Shawnee members who have served. To expand their work, the Eastern Shawnee has...
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Code Talkers

article Author recalls Navajo Code Talker Nez’s story, service (9/3/2019)
(New Mexico) -- It’s one of the great stories of heroism from World War II: The efforts of the Navajo Code Talkers to alter the course of that war’s Pacific...
article To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code (9/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- Chester Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. All the rest of the U.S. Marines who created the first unbreakable code that baffled the...
article Navajo Code Talkers: The last of the living WWII heroes share their stories (8/31/2019)
(Arizona) -- In 1942, during the depths of World War II, the United States Marine Corps recruited 29 Navajo men to develop an unbreakable code that would be used across...
article Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay wanted to be a gunner. Here's how he became a Code Talker (8/29/2019)
(Arizona) -- About a month after the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay was flown to Pearl Harbor for a week. He wasn't told why and he...
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...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Tohono O’odham

article The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance” (8/25/2019)
(Arizona) -- On the southwestern end of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s reservation, roughly 1 mile from a barbed-wire barricade marking Arizona’s border...
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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...
10 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Other News

article Highway Signs Honoring Arizona Native American Veterans To Be Unveiled (10/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- New highway signs recognizing Arizona’s Native American veterans will be unveiled this weekend. Parts of state and federal highways will be renamed...
article Two Tribal officials honored for their military service (10/4/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Sen. Tom Udall honored two tribal officials for their military service. Pueblo Council chairman E. Paul Torres and and former Isleta councilman Diego...
article Montana veteran Louis Charlo commemorated by sign off Highway 93 (9/27/2019)
(Montana) -- To commemorate the life of one of Montana’s most iconic veterans, people gathered along a stretch of Highway 93 on Thursday morning for the unveiling...
article National Guard Participates in Cultural Exchange Event (9/26/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Members of the Minnesota National Guard participated in a cultural exchange event with youth from the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe and Leech Lake Band of...
article Tribal VA Poll Finds Large Vet Population On Reservations (9/25/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Gathering population information from people who live on South Dakota reservations is difficult. Government entities usually request statistics for...
article Construction begins for Native American Veterans Memorial on the National Mall (9/24/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans who served in our nation’s military are set to get a memorial in their honor. It’s a memorial that’s been more...
article The groundbreaking for the National Native American Veterans Memorial is finally here (9/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- After more than four years, the groundbreaking for the National Native American Veterans Memorial is finally here. A celebration and groundbreaking...
article Construction of Native American Veterans Memorial to Begin (9/18/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This Saturday, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington will break ground on a $15 million monument to Native American...
article The Wacky Story of How China's Navy Got Aircraft Carriers (9/16/2019)
(China) -- China was proud to launch its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2012. This vessel was a refit of an incomplete Soviet Kuznetsov-class cruiser carrier....
article Alaska Native Voices from WWII Are Focus of Historical Project (9/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- In August, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recognized forty Native leaders around the country for their “40 Under 40...
article Holland Exhibit: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces (9/4/2019)
(Michigan) -- The exhibit Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces reveals the remarkable history of Native veterans through art, photography...
press release Idaho National Guard builds road for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe (9/4/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team and...
press release Idaho Guard builds road for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe (8/29/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Air National Guard's 124th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team and Installation...
article Back from war: Telling Native Veterans’ stories after Vietnam (8/29/2019)
(Arizona) -- As US soldiers returned home from fighting the Vietnam War, they faced numerous challenges. Physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, limited GI...
article Tribal Women Veterans Summit working to help Oklahoma female vets (8/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- An event that is working to help Oklahoma female veterans is welcoming anyone who has served in the military. The Tribal Women Veterans Summit will address...
article Idaho National Guard builds a new road for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe (8/28/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team and...
article Native American Soldier returns home to help recruiting mission (8/28/2019)
(New Mexico) -- As a youngster Sgt. Ignacio Alvarez dreamed of leaving his hometown of Gallup, tied down by the lack of opportunity and action. Joining the Army was his...
article Sheila Carpenter, tribal leaders recognized for their service to South Dakota's veterans (8/27/2019)
(South Dakota) -- In what the state Veterans Affairs office calls heroes helping helping heroes, Sheila Carpenter and tribal veterans affairs officers were recognized by...
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...

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