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Kim Teehee: Paying honor to our veterans in Indian Country





"During November, National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate the enduring achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.This Friday, our Nation comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union. In Indian Country as well, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families.

American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this country as members of our Armed Forces, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The courage these veterans have shown, the sacrifices they have made for their families and communities are a powerful reminder of the rich heritage and myriad contributions that American Indians and Alaska Natives have made to our country’s heritage.

Native Americans have played an integral part of the history of our Armed Forces and have defended the security of our Nation. For example, during the First and Second World Wars, Native American code talkers developed unbreakable communication codes to transmit military messages that saved countless lives, using their native languages to help protect and advance the cause of freedom in the world."

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Kim Teehee: Honoring American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans (White House Blog 11/10)