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Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation unveils preliminary renderings of Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery (11/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Friday, November 8 that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has cleared the first phase of a...
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...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Thousands of Alaska Native veterans now eligible for land allotments, but hurdles remain (11/12/2019)
(Alaska) -- Last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks, Sen. Dan Sullivan met with veterans from around the state and discussed newly enacted...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navy names new class of ships in honor of the Navajo people (11/12/2019)
(Louisiana) -- On Oct. 30, Navajo officials joined the U.S. Navy’s Authentication of the Keel Ceremony of the U.S. Navy’s first of class towing and salvage...
article Keel laid for new ship named after Navajo Nation (10/31/2019)
(Louisiana) -- A new U.S. Navy ship named after the Navajo Nation is closer to reality after a keel laying ceremony was held on Oct. 30 in Houma, Louisiana. The future...
article The Navy and Navajo Nation: Foundations for a Research Relationship (10/24/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program recently held its first outreach...
article USNS Navajo enveloped in Diné culture (10/24/2019)
(Louisiana) -- An official ceremony that will mark the beginning of the construction of the USNS Navajo, thanks to the efforts of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and the...
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...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Wounded Knee

article Wounded Knee Descendant Apologizes for Massacre (11/12/2019)
(South Dakota) -- U.S. troops killed over 250 Native Americans in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. Now, almost 130 years later, a descendant of a U.S. commander who was...
article ‘Still, this is our land’: Larry Hott film “The Warrior Tradition” highlights Native Americans serving in the U.S. military (11/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- On a stretch of frozen ground in South Dakota in late December 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians, predominantly women and children, were gunned down...
article Some reps from Dakotas, Minnesota undecided on revoking medals awarded after Wounded Knee massacre (11/3/2019)
(North Dakota) -- U.S. House representatives from the Dakotas and Minnesota are largely undecided on a bill that would rescind Medals of Honor awarded after a 129-year-...
article Some reps from Dakotas, Minn. undecided on revoking Wounded Knee massacre medals (11/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. House representatives from the Dakotas and Minnesota are largely undecided on a bill that would rescind Medals of Honor awarded after a 129-...
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.
6 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Women start new tradition to honour Eskasoni's veterans (11/11/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Eskasoni First Nation has a new Remembrance Day tradition. Banners with photos of local veterans line the street of the main road. Rosie Basque and Mary...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article GOVER: Recognizing the long history of Native Americans in the US Armed Forces (11/11/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Veterans Day, our country pauses to remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yet how many Americans know of the exceptional...
1 Article on this Issue

Pala Tribe

article Pala Casino to host charity tournaments to benefit military families (11/11/2019)
(California) -- Pala Casino Resort Spa plans to host two charity tournaments in November to benefit military families as part of the casino’s community outreach...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Seminole Tribe proud of their U.S. military service (11/11/2019)
(Florida) -- On Monday, America honors all veterans who served our armed services – even those who weren't fully recognized as citizens. This includes service...
1 Article on this Issue

Native American History Month

article 12,000 Indigenous people served during WWI and WWII (11/9/2019)
(Ontario) -- Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald expresses her gratitude to the brave First Nations men and women who served during WWI and WWII on this National...
article "Warrior Tradition" Offers Native American Veterans' Perspective On Military Service (11/9/2019)
(Hollywood) -- Before Chuck Boers joined the U.S. Army, the Lipan Apache member was given his family's eagle feathers. The feathers had been carried by his great-...
article During Native American Heritage Month, “The Warrior Tradition” to Air on PBS on Veterans Day (11/6/2019)
(New York) -- Explore the complicated ways the culture and traditions of Native Americans have affected their participation in the United States military when The...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

press release Snoqualmie Tribe, Casino hold special program to honor service members this Veteran’s Day (11/9/2019)
(Washington) -- The Snoqualmie Tribe, in partnership with the Snoqualmie Casino, American Legion Post 79, and the Issaquah/Mt. Si VFW Post #3436, are extending a...
1 Article on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article New Standing Rock Veteran Cemetery Is A Place Of Ceremony (11/8/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The All Nations Veteran Cemetery has been open in the Standing Rock Reservation for several months. The land offers burial sites for any veteran and...
1 Article on this Issue

White Earth

article How a false identity followed a White Earth WWII veteran to the grave (11/8/2019)
(California) -- The inscription on the military headstone is absolutely correct, except for one important detail — the name of the man who's buried there. It...
article How a false identity followed a White Earth WWII veteran to the grave (11/8/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The inscription on the military headstone is absolutely correct, except for one important detail — the name of the man who's buried there. It wasn’t that...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Veterans to walk across Pine Ridge Reservation (11/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Beginning on the day after Veteran’s Day this year, a group of veterans and their supporters will walk across the Pine Ridge Reservation.
1 Article on this Issue

DOI

article Pentagon pushed to use vast swath of desert wildlife refuge ‘primarily’ for military purposes, draft bill says (11/3/2019)
(Nevada) -- The U.S. Air Force is seeking to assert control over as much as two-thirds of a wildlife refuge in Nevada for training troops and testing weapons, according...
1 Article on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Mohegan Sun thinks “Vets Rock” (11/3/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Lauren Willard was surprised to see how full the Earth Convention Center was on Friday. “I’m excited how much exposure it’s getting to...
1 Article on this Issue

Congress

article Native American veterans finally get an audience with Congress (11/2/2019)
(Washington) -- Native American leaders traveled from across the country this week to share their concerns with lawmakers about veterans’ barriers to health care...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Veterans Day, Holiday Specials and More Entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City In November (11/2/2019)
(New Jersey) -- Hard Rock Atlantic City will be saluting veterans by providing them with free parking, a free buffet, along with a free car wash and coffee at Rocktane...
1 Article on this Issue

Deb Haaland

article Former ‘military brat’ Deb Haaland honors dad at Marine Corps Marathon (10/30/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Deb Haaland grew up a “military brat,” bouncing from base to base as the daughter of a U.S. Marine Corps officer. The New Mexico...
1 Article on this Issue

Health Care

article 'No one steps up to serve' more than Native Americans, yet they are poorest, least insured vets (10/30/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans and Native Alaskans are more likely to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces than any other group, yet they remain among the poorest and...
1 Article on this Issue

Viejas

article Viejas Casino And Resort Launches Heroes Club Initiative (10/26/2019)
(California) -- The Viejas Casino and Resort in California has launched its new Heroes Club initiative, a benefit program designed to give back to those who serve and...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Corps: No More Dakota Access Pipeline Study Needed (10/19/2019)
(North Dakota) -- An attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers is asking a judge to sign off on the Corps' conclusion that the Dakota Access oil pipeline doesn't...
1 Article on this Issue

White Mountain Apache

article White Mountain Apache Tribe and pilot will collaborate to find missing WWII plane (10/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- After a series of arguments and misunderstandings, the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the pilot of a World War II-era plane that may have crashed in the...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
1 Article 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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
4 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...
1 Article 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

Other News

article FPST recognizes veterans during special ceremony (11/13/2019)
(Nevada) -- Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., reports American Indians serve in all branches of the military forces in greater...
article From Taos Pueblo to Ho Chi Minh trail (11/11/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Sam Martinez taught his grandson, John Romero, well. Martinez wanted the boy to learn how to survive in the wilderness, so he often took him into the...
article NAC: Warrior tradition (11/11/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Despite pervasive mistrust of the U.S. government, Native Americans are well represented in the military. A new documentary premiering on PBS,...
article Taos Pueblo honors courage, sacrifice on Veterans Day (11/11/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Robert Tsoodle began to choke up as he looked at his father, Wendell. Asked what Veterans Day meant to him, the younger Tsoodle could only gaze intently...
article Veterans Day On The Navajo Nation: Healing Through Ceremony (11/11/2019)
(Utah) -- Sitting in a white tipi below red sandstone buttes and spires, Navy veteran Misty Cly received a hero’s welcome in the form of a traditional healing...
article Thoughts from Lakota Elder Basil Brave Heart, regarding Veteran’s Day, (11/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A veteran is a person, who at one time in his or her life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for the amount of, up to and...
article South Dakota Native American woman featured in tribute to veterans (11/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Native American woman from South Dakota is one of the people featured in an artistic tribute to military veterans. Her story was profiled in CBS...
article McAllister Museum hosts Veterans Day open house, dedicates Native American pilot exhibit Monday (11/10/2019)
(Washington) -- The McAllister Museum of Aviation will conduct its annual Veterans Day open house Monday, as well as dedicate an exhibit on Native American pilots and...
article 12,000 Indigenous people served during WWI and WWII (11/8/2019)
(Ontario) -- Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald expresses her gratitude to the brave First Nations men and women who served during WWI and WWII on this National...
article Remembering a Mi'kmaw soldier who spent years as a prisoner of war (11/8/2019)
(Quebec) -- Life was not easy for Patrick Metallic, a Mi'kmaq veteran from Listuguj, Que., when he returned home from the Second World War. As a part of the Royal...
article Rickford commends Indigenous veterans for their valour, sacrifice (11/8/2019)
(Ontario) -- As Canada marked the annual Aboriginal Veterans Day on Friday, Ontario MPP and Indigenous affairs minister Greg Rickford commended the country's...
article Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel offering free $20 food credit to veterans, active military (11/7/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is inviting all veterans and active U.S. service members to enjoy a free $20 food credit to any of its restaurants Monday in...
article Remembering a Mi'kmaw soldier who spent years as a prisoner of war (11/7/2019)
(Canada) -- Life was not easy for Patrick Metallic, a Mi'kmaq veteran from Listuguj, Que., when he returned home from the Second World War. As a part of the Royal...
article U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea (11/5/2019)
(Philippines) -- Researchers say they believe the debris field off the Philippines is from the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte...
article How to Honor Native Veterans this Native American Heritage Month (11/2/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Today, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians (AIAN) serve in the U.S. military at one of the highest rates per capita of all...
article Vietnam Vet Wes Studi Just Made Oscars History for Native American Actors (10/28/2019)
(Hollywood) -- When Cherokee actor and Vietnam veteran Wes Studi was thinking about moving to Los Angeles to take a shot at being an actor in the 1980s, he asked a...
article Tribal War stories from 1800 printed in new book (10/24/2019)
(Montana) -- The Salish Kootenai College Press has published the first of what will hopefully be a series of books of documents about Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and...
article ‘Still, this is our land’: Larry Hott film “The Warrior Tradition” highlights Native Americans serving in the U.S. military (10/24/2019)
(USA) -- On a stretch of frozen ground in South Dakota in late December 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians, predominantly women and children, were gunned down by U.S....
article Robbins: Livingood writes about the long war against the Chickamaugas (10/20/2019)
(Tennessee) -- The late Dr. James Livingood, the UTC distinguished history professor, wrote about the extended war of U.S. militias against the Chickamauga Indians in...
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...

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