Native veterans honored in Arizona ceremony

Native veterans from various tribes took part in an honoring ceremony at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

The veterans participated in a gourd dance, a tradition dating back to a Kiowa warrior. They held an honor dance for Ida Amiotte, an Oglala Sioux World War II veteran who lost two sons to Vietnam, and presented a shawl to the wife of Ken Ware Sr., a WWII vet who died in August.

Ware was Kiowa and was the president of the American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization. His dream was to see a memorial dedicated to Native veterans.

Fellow veterans, friends and family hope to make the dream come true. They are raising $2.5 million for a memorial at Steele Indian School Park.

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A tribute to warriors (The Arizona Republic 11/12)

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