More: veterans

Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time
Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time (December 11, 2019)

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing
RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing (November 21, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.


Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House
Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House (November 20, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.


From warrior to soldier: A 200 year journey
From warrior to soldier: A 200 year journey (November 13, 2019)

Sitting Bull once described the Lakota perspective: 'For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors.'


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Honor our veterans every day
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Honor our veterans every day (November 12, 2019)

One day is not enough to thank the brave men and women who defend our freedoms every day.


Rep. Tom Cole: Honoring our nation's veterans
Rep. Tom Cole: Honoring our nation's veterans (November 12, 2019)

Without question, we owe a constant debt of gratitude to generations of veterans, including many of our own family members, who made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our homeland and who faithfully fought to promote and preserve America’s precious freedoms.


Veterans Day Message from the 24th Navajo Nation Council
Veterans Day Message from the 24th Navajo Nation Council (November 11, 2019)

On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon recognizes Navajo Veterans and all who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.


Rosebud veteran changing the lives of youth
Rosebud veteran changing the lives of youth (November 11, 2019)

Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Dion Reynolds brought his military experience back to Rosebud to change the lives of reservation youth.


A Veteran's Day Salute
A Veteran's Day Salute (November 8, 2019)

Our attention focuses upon Native Americans, a well-known fact that among all ethnic groups, our people have the highest rate of voluntary service.


A heartfelt tribute to veterans
A heartfelt tribute to veterans (November 7, 2019)

Warriors who have served in every war from World War I to present day can be proud of their service.


Veterans to walk across Pine Ridge Reservation
Veterans to walk across Pine Ridge Reservation (November 4, 2019)

Veterans are placed on a highly respected status for their dedication to their community and for serving in the armed services.


Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma
Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma (October 21, 2019)

Many people within Cherokee Nation rely on local food banks when times are tough.


Chuck Hoskin: New Secretary of Veterans Affairs advocates for warriors
Chuck Hoskin: New Secretary of Veterans Affairs advocates for warriors (October 7, 2019)

As Cherokee people, we have always respected our warriors – people willing to fight for us, for our values and for our way of life.


Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging
Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging (September 30, 2019)

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.


Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle
Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle (August 28, 2019)

Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle was a well-respected member of the Indigenous community in Tennessee's capital city.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 22, 2019)

Joe Sestak, a former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, brought his military experience to the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum (August 21, 2019)

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day
Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day (August 14, 2019)

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.


Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times
Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times (July 25, 2019)

Five years after a hospital for veterans made headlines for falsifying patient wait time records, officials promoted a 'tremendous transformation.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to? (July 19, 2019)

I endured a war on their behalf and acquired diseases as a result, yet I am still a 'damn Indian.'


The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi
The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi (July 10, 2019)

Wes Studi will make Oscar history by receiving an Academy of Motion Pictures honorary award in October 2019.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honored with name of new military ship
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honored with name of new military ship (June 26, 2019)

Our Cherokee people have contributed in every major battle and war ever fought in this country and continue to serve in the Armed Forces in some of the highest rates per ethnicity.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked (June 24, 2019)

The U.S. called the December 29, 1890, attack on Wounded Knee a 'battle' but the Lakota people know it as a massacre of a peaceful encampment.


Tim Giago: I returned home safe from the horrors of war
Tim Giago: I returned home safe from the horrors of war (June 24, 2019)

So I told my wife the story of my service in Vietnam.


Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day
Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day (June 18, 2019)

Over the course of world history, D-Day remains one of the most pivotal moments.


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes (May 29, 2019)

It is with a heavy heart that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has joined in sharing condolences for the loss of a beloved member of the community.


Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories
Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories (May 15, 2019)

I’m seeking out the histories and communities that existed before Route 66 and that survive still today.


Rep. Tom Cole: Don't forget to thank our military for their service
Rep. Tom Cole: Don't forget to thank our military for their service (May 14, 2019)

During Military Appreciation Month, we rightly join in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and the daily sacrifices they make on our behalf.


Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada
Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada (May 2, 2019)

Rick Desautel, a Colville veteran who lives in the U.S., has once again won the right to hunt on ancestral territory across the border.


O.J. Semans to presidential candidates: Rescind medals for massacre at Wounded Knee
O.J. Semans to presidential candidates: Rescind medals for massacre at Wounded Knee (April 12, 2019)

It doesn’t take modern sensibilities to recognize that the Seventh Cavalry committed atrocities at Wounded Knee.


Clara Caufield: The connections between the Indians and the Irish
Clara Caufield: The connections between the Indians and the Irish (March 28, 2019)

We have just observed St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays, due to my Irish heritage, coming from my father, a red-headed, white skinned and freckled guy.


Cronkite News: Donald Trump continues to attack the late John McCain
Cronkite News: Donald Trump continues to attack the late John McCain (March 22, 2019)

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is not a fan of the late Sen. John McCain, Republican from Arizona.


Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history
Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history (March 7, 2019)

I always think when you’re finding your family history, you want there to be a haunted Scottish castle on a moor and maybe some kind of lost treasure.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday (February 21, 2019)

Melvin Small is one of the first Northern Cheyenne allottees and one of the two surviving Northern Cheyenne World War II veterans.


Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day
Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day (February 18, 2019)

Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage.


O.J. Semans: Move forward in reconciliation and rescind honors for massacre at Wounded Knee
O.J. Semans: Move forward in reconciliation and rescind honors for massacre at Wounded Knee (February 11, 2019)

Members of the 7th Cavalry Regiment committed an atrocity against my ancestors, murdering hundreds of defenseless Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


O.J. Semans: Stop honoring the men who massacred my people at Wounded Knee
O.J. Semans: Stop honoring the men who massacred my people at Wounded Knee (February 4, 2019)

The 7th Cavalry, which was obligated by treaty to protect my ancestors, instead hunted my ancestors, surrounded them and gunned hundreds of them down.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Native women in Congress show solidarity with transgender troops
Native women in Congress show solidarity with transgender troops (January 23, 2019)

The first two Native women in Congress are defending the rights of transgender troops in light of the Trump administration's attempts to restrict their military service.


Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux veteran lauded for efforts
Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux veteran lauded for efforts (January 22, 2019)

Dr. Allen Ross has been recognized as the South Dakota Veteran Supporter of the Year.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans (December 14, 2018)

America’s veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.


'They have no heart': Native veteran being forced out of his home
'They have no heart': Native veteran being forced out of his home (November 21, 2018)

Eugene Pappan and his family feel like refuges in their own tribal homeland.


Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers
Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers (November 9, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation we are adamant about honoring and paying respects to those who have fought for the liberties we enjoy every day and hold so dear.


Arne Vainio: 'Remind everyone to love those who are connected to them'
Arne Vainio: 'Remind everyone to love those who are connected to them' (October 9, 2018)

This big world can be a lonely place if you’re just waiting for it to end.


Bill John Baker: Paying our respect to military veterans
Bill John Baker: Paying our respect to military veterans (September 25, 2018)

Cherokee Nation has always revered and honored our Cherokee warriors, the brave men and women willing to fight for our nation and our freedom.


'America was always great': Nation says goodbye to John McCain
'America was always great': Nation says goodbye to John McCain (September 4, 2018)

There were more laughs than tears for John McCain whose funeral service drew scores of political power players of the last four decades – but not the current president.


Cheyenne and Arapaho veteran lands big assignment in nation's capital
Cheyenne and Arapaho veteran lands big assignment in nation's capital (August 30, 2018)

Harvey Pratt and his design team -- his wife and son -- are creating the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans
Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans (August 17, 2018)

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.


Design selected for memorial to Native veterans in nation's capital
Design selected for memorial to Native veterans in nation's capital (June 26, 2018)

Harvey Pratt, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has been chosen to create the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors fallen warriors
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors fallen warriors (June 1, 2018)

Native veterans and their families gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery for a special honoring ceremony on Memorial Day.


Yakama Nation dedicates new center to help veterans with services
Yakama Nation dedicates new center to help veterans with services (May 22, 2018)

The Yakama Warriors Association finally has a place to call home on the reservation in Washington.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Just where did the insult 'Uncle Tomahawk' come from?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Just where did the insult 'Uncle Tomahawk' come from? (May 10, 2018)

In the midst of poverty, alcohol/drug trafficking and government corruption at Pine Ridge, I heard the moniker 'Uncle Tomahawk.'


Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts
Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts (April 26, 2018)

Another one of President Donald Trump's nominees has dropped out of the confirmation process after questions were raised by key lawmakers.


Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project
Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project (April 24, 2018)

The Navajo Nation lost one of its heroes with the passing of Roy Hawthorne, Sr., one of the famed Code Talkers.


Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92 (April 23, 2018)

'I always stress to people that we aren’t heroes,' said the late Roy Hawthorne, Sr. 'We were chosen to serve in the Marine Corps and bring liberty to the enemy.'