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Cherokee Nation

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,...
article Cherokee Nation honors veterans (11/24/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored three military veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the November Tribal Council meeting.
article Cherokee holds Veteran’s Day Ceremony (11/11/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- America’s past and present servicemen and servicewomen were honored during a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds...
article CN pays homage to veterans (11/10/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Despite the cold weather, a large crowd of former military personnel gathered at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center Friday, as the tribe hosted its annual...
article CN to host veterans appreciation event Friday (11/6/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday at the CN Veterans Center. The Veterans Appreciation Day event starts at 9 a.m. and...
article CHIEF BAKER: Paying our respect to military veterans (9/29/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has always revered and honored our Cherokee warriors, the brave men and women willing to fight for our nation and our freedom. It’s...
article Cherokee veterans visit DC war memorials (9/23/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Placing a hand against the smooth, black granite for balance, 92-year-old John Cockrum stood on his toes and reached with his folded umbrella to...
article Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington (9/15/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation's Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington, D.C., with 10 veterans who served during World War II, the...
article Cherokee Nation honors veterans in September (9/13/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation honored three military brothers and a U.S. Army veteran with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the September Tribal Council...
article Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington (9/11/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington, D.C., with 10 veterans who served during World War II, the...
article Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington (9/11/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday for Washington, D.C., with 10 veterans who served during World War II, the...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Code Talkers

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...
article Code talkers: The 'unbreakable' code (12/4/2018)
(Ottawa) -- The U.S. first used Native American code talkers in the First World War. Most were Choctaw Indians who used their tribal language to transmit orders and...
article Pueblo youth among Young Marines to honor 2018 Navajo Code Talkers Day (9/2/2018)
(Colorado) -- It’s a secret language that broke down barriers where others had failed. And yet this secret language earned a group of men a way to communicate and...
article Navajo Committee Backs Code Talker Museum (8/29/2018)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee supports plans for a museum to honor the Navajo Code Talkers.
article Remaining Navajo Code Talkers Enjoy Their Day (8/19/2018)
(Arizona) -- Marine Corps veteran and former prisoner of war “Gunny” PJ James walked over to Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel Sr., 97, and saw his uniform was not...
article Last-known surviving Mohawk Code Talker visits Buffalo (8/17/2018)
(New York) -- He is among the Native Americans who played a special role in World War II, serving as the famed Code Talkers. Louis Levi Oakes traveled to Buffalo to...
article Cherokee code talkers also helped win World War I (8/16/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Most Americans have heard about the Navajo code talker soldiers that served during World War II in the Pacific arena of the war, but many people are...
article Tribal holiday recognizes Navajo Code Talkers (8/13/2018)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will recognize the contribution and legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers on Tuesday. More than 400 Navajo men were recruited by the U.S....
8 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
article 230th and 260th Engineers build home on Crow Agency (10/14/2018)
(Montana) -- Continuing the five-year Integrated Readiness Training from last year, Montana Army National Guard Soldiers with Detachment 2, 230th Vertical Engineers and...
article Veterans History Project aims to bolster Native American outreach with visit to Crow Fair (9/3/2018)
(Montana) -- Despite 18 years of work recording and cataloging the experiences of America’s veteran population, Karen Lloyd says that Native Americans who served...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article Standing Rock veterans cemetery getting more federal money (12/13/2018)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is getting $291,000 from the federal government to expand and improve the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates.
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Airman continues family's military legacy at Whiteman (12/12/2018)
(Missouri) -- Airman 1st Class Phillip Rock is part of his family’s legacy of military service – a legacy that, in fact, would not have continued if it weren...
article From Navajo Woman to Navy Sailor (12/2/2018)
(New Mexico) -- November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month where the Navy takes time to recognize the achievements past and present of American Indians...
article A helping hand for Navajo vets (7/22/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Roughly 15 miles outside of Gallup on tribal land, a dilapidated mobile home sits in a scrubby lot. By the looks of it, children must live here, too, as...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article EBCI tribal lands designated a Purple Heart Community (12/7/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be designated as a Purple Heart Community thanks to the passage of a resolution submitted by...
1 Article on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article All ages pay tribute to Nez Perce tribal vets (11/13/2018)
(Idaho) -- Veterans were treated to song and savory food at the Nez Perce Tribe’s Veterans Day brunch Monday. Warm, fragrant smells of brunch food filled the gym...
1 Article on this Issue

Foxwoods

article Local veterans celebrated; honored for service (11/12/2018)
(Connecticut) -- While eastern Connecticut was abuzz Sunday with Veterans Day celebrations and commemorations, a pair of local events Monday at Three Rivers Community...
1 Article on this Issue

Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

article Choctaw Pines Casino honors our veterans (11/12/2018)
(Louisiana) -- Following the day after Veterans Day, ceremonies were still being held to honor those who have served our country. The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino in Grant...
1 Article on this Issue

Chumash Tribe

article Vandenberg, Chumash sign Tribal Relations Plan (11/7/2018)
(California) -- Kenneth Kahn, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians tribal chairman, and Colonel Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, sign the installation Tribal...
1 Article on this Issue

Lori Piestewa

article Why This Pioneering Hopi Soldier Has a Mountain Named After Her (11/1/2018)
(Arizona) -- Since U.S. Army Private Lori Ann Piestewa died in a Humvee ambush in Iraq in 2013, her name—and her legacy—have spread throughout the three...
article Piestewa to be Enshrined (7/30/2018)
(Arizona) -- The first class in the National Native American Hall of Fame will be inducted in October and will include Arizona’s Lori Piestewa. Piestewa is one of...
article Lori Piestewa to be inducted into first Native American Hall of Fame (7/24/2018)
(Arizona) -- After 10 years, 30 nominees and decades of discovery, the first National Native American Hall of Fame will induct 12 honorees in October. Arizona’s...
article Indigenous Honor First Female Native American Killed In Combat (7/22/2018)
(Arizona) -- The legacy of the 23-year-old Hopi woman, killed in Iraq, lives on with the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. Over 3,000 Native...
article Jessica Lynch honors Lori Piestewa at 2018 Native American Games (7/21/2018)
(Arizona) -- More than 3,000 athletes representing more than 50 tribes across North America will be competing in remembrance of the first Native American woman killed in...
article Jessica Lynch recalls capture and rescue in Iraq, honors Lori Piestewa in Scottsdale (7/21/2018)
(Arizona) -- Jessica Lynch stood next to Percy Piestewa as a crowd of Native American athletes gathered to take pictures with them — a surviving prisoner of war...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Native American Tribe Suffers From Artillery Noise From US Military Base (10/28/2018)
(Washington) -- The Nisqually Native American Tribe is suffering from the continuous noise of heavy artillery tested at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord not far from its...
1 Article on this Issue

Timbisha Shoshone

article Navy on TEIR: Casino not necessarily incompatible with base’s mission (10/15/2018)
(California) -- How does the Navy view the upcoming Timbisha Shoshone casino project? Former NAWCWD Commander Mark Storch was the unofficial guest of honor at a recent...
1 Article on this Issue

Gila River

article Court rejects Gila River tribe’s suit against VA over cost of vets’ care (9/11/2018)
(Arizona) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for health care it provided to tribal veterans, a federal...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article ODVA, Warm Springs tribes partner for veteran service office (8/29/2018)
(Oregon) -- The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs signed a memorandum of understanding this week that will enable the...
1 Article on this Issue

Pechanga Casino

article Pechanga Resort and Casino hiring veterans, service dogs as security officers (8/22/2018)
(California) -- Wherever they go, John Tipton and his service dog, Daisy, are sure to attract attention and a crowd. Four days a week the duo patrols the grounds of the...
article Vista veteran and service dog kick off casino's new six-legged security force (8/12/2018)
(California) -- After struggling for years with post-traumatic stress disorder, 22-year Marine veteran John Tipton decided three years ago to get a trained service dog....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Congress

article Bill proposes advisory committee for Native American veterans (7/31/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation to establish an advisory committee to facilitate communication and understanding between the U.S....
1 Article on this Issue

Shawnee Tribe

article VA, Shawnee Tribe schedule presumptive condition event (7/20/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- On July 31, Veterans Affairs and the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will host a Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event focused on identifying and assisting...
1 Article on this Issue

Pokagon Band

article Pokagon Band prepares for new leadership, installs flag monument (7/16/2018)
(Indiana) -- August will mark a changing of the guard for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Tribal Chairman John Warren will see his five-year term at the top...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Goosebumps: Tribal elders welcome home Native American service member (video) (12/29/2018)
(Montana) -- There have been a lot of wonderful videos this Christmas of service members surprising their families, but rodeo announcer Bob Tallman caught something...
article National Museum of the American Indian Has Raised More Than $6 Million for National Native American Veterans Memorial (12/23/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has raised more than $6 million for the National Native American Veterans Memorial....
article Tribe to support Medal of Honor petition for the late Sgt. Burgess (12/8/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has one member, the late PFC Charles George, who has received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest...
article The Historic Battle at Wahoo Swamp (11/30/2018)
(Florida) -- The history of this area has many references to the Wahoo Indians. The Istachatta New Hope Church/Blockhouse was built to protect against the Wahoo Indians...
article Native American helps Soldiers find solace (11/28/2018)
(Maryland) -- During certain mornings in her 28 years in the Army, Julia Kelly would take her troops outdoors, where she could feel the cool air cursing through her...
article Native American Direct Loan Program (11/26/2018)
(USA) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides direct home loans to eligible Native American Veterans to finance the purchase, construction or improvements of...
article 'We Became Warriors Again': Why World War I Was a Surprisingly Pivotal Moment for American Indian History (11/23/2018)
(USA) -- When Congress in 2008 declared the Friday after Thanksgiving to be Native American Heritage Day, the resolution made only passing mention of why that timing...
article Program to focus on WWI's Native American soldiers (11/22/2018)
(Virginia) -- The Virginia War Memorial will present a special program highlighting the contributions of Native American soldiers who fought in World War I.
article Program to focus on WWI's Native American soldiers (11/20/2018)
(Virginia) -- The Virginia War Memorial will present a special program highlighting the contributions of Native American soldiers who fought in World War I. "Great...
article Indigenous students pay tribute to famed WWI sniper with portrait (11/19/2018)
(Ontario) -- A group of art students from an Indigenous high school in Thunder Bay, Ont. who paid tribute to a legendary First World War sniper, and Indigenous advocate...
article Veterans honored with luncheon at Little River Casino Resort (11/13/2018)
(Michigan) -- It was a packed house at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee Monday as hundreds of war veterans and their families gathered for a luncheon. This was...
article For Veteran's Day: How to Spot a Native American Veteran (11/11/2018)
(USA) -- From a personal standpoint, and as the Associate Editor of Indian Country Today, I'd like to offer a few words of appreciation if you are a Native American...
article Native American Tribe celebrates veterans (11/11/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The rhythm of steady beating drums and people on their feet dancing and chanting, describes the Tonkawa way of honoring our veterans. “Back in the...
article The deadliest sniper of WWI was Francis Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa soldier (11/11/2018)
(Ontario) -- In the bloodshed and chaos that is the battlefields of the First World War, hundreds of thousands of young Canadian men sign up to fight for their country...
article Decades after surviving a horrific helicopter crash in Vietnam, Powhatan Red Cloud Owen made peace with the war (11/11/2018)
(Virginia) -- “I really don’t want to get into what happened that day,” said Powhatan Red Cloud Owen, a Charles City County resident and member of the...
article Medicine Bow Man Carried the Casket of the Unknown Soldier (11/10/2018)
(Virginia) -- The solemn tradition of commemorating the service of military men and women at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery occurs each...
article World War I’s Native American Code Talkers (11/10/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- One of the so-called “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeastern United States, the Choctaw traditionally farmed corn, beans and pumpkins while...
article World War I soldiers write home to North Dakota in archived collection (11/9/2018)
(North Dakota) -- It started as a list. But it turned into a massive research project commemorating North Dakotans who served in World War I. This Nov. 11 marks the...
press release Hoeven To Serve As Honorary Member Of National Native American Veterans Memorial Committee (11/8/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that he will serve as an Honorary Member of the...
article Native Americans served in Vietnam, PBS is sharing their story (11/4/2018)
(USA) -- As part of native american heritage month, this November, Twin Cities PBS is highlighting native cultures with special events and programming. Specifically, a...

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