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Yakama Nation dedicates new center to help veterans with services
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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.'

James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering
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James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering (April 18, 2018)

My dad never told me that he loved me. I never once heard him tell my mom he loved her.

Graham Lee Brewer: What we learned about #NoDAPL and accountability
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Graham Lee Brewer: What we learned about #NoDAPL and accountability (April 16, 2018)

High Country News spent nine months investigating #NoDAPL fund-raising campaigns.

Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal
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Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal (April 3, 2018)

It took a lot longer than expected but Adolph Nagurski, a Code Talker from the Navajo Nation, has finally been recognized for his military service.

Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance
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Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance (March 5, 2018)

Hollywood isn't a place where Native Americans will find a lot of opportunities but some signs of change were seen during the industry's biggest night of the year.

Cronkite News: Finalists share visions for Native veterans memorial
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Cronkite News: Finalists share visions for Native veterans memorial (February 12, 2018)

The charge from National Native American Veterans Memorial officials was daunting: Design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S.

Native veterans memorial in nation's capital sees major progress
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Native veterans memorial in nation's capital sees major progress (February 5, 2018)

A memorial to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians is taking a major step forward in the nation's capital.

Winnebago Tribe sees change after veteran comes home and lights sacred fire
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Winnebago Tribe sees change after veteran comes home and lights sacred fire (January 10, 2018)

After two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Winnebago citizen Aric Armell came home a few years ago to try to find other ways to serve his people.

Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper
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Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper (December 15, 2017)

Another Navajo Code Talker, the World War II heroes who used their language to develop and transmit unbreakable codes, has fallen.

Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers
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Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers (December 5, 2017)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of George B. Willie, Sr., who served as a Code Talker during World War II.

Sierra Teller Ornelas: Donald Trump doesn't have what it takes to be a true Navajo
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Sierra Teller Ornelas: Donald Trump doesn't have what it takes to be a true Navajo (December 5, 2017)

Like many in Indian Country, Sierra Teller Ornelas, a writer and citizen of the Navajo Nation, was bothered by Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' jab but something else is also under her skin.

Harold Frazier: President Trump owes apology to Navajo war heroes for 'Pocahontas' slur
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Harold Frazier: President Trump owes apology to Navajo war heroes for 'Pocahontas' slur (November 29, 2017)

I am deeply ashamed of the way the President of the United States has treated Native veterans during an honoring ceremony at the White House.

GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy
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GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy (November 28, 2017)

Key Republican lawmakers are siding with Indian Country as controversy over President Donald Trump and his 'Pocahontas' comment continues to generate headlines.

Mark Charles: The honor of the Navajo Code Talkers and the shame of a president
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Mark Charles: The honor of the Navajo Code Talkers and the shame of a president (November 28, 2017)

I am not primarily angry, nor am I foremost disappointed, for both of those emotions would require me to have higher expectations of President Trump.

Doug George-Kanentiio: President Trump is living up to his Mohawk title of 'town destroyer'
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Doug George-Kanentiio: President Trump is living up to his Mohawk title of 'town destroyer' (November 28, 2017)

That Donald Trump lacks any empathy towards Natives is not surprising given his condemnation of indigenous economic initiatives.

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab
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Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab (November 28, 2017)

Tribal groups reacted swiftly after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator 'Pocahontas,' what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.

Mark Trahant: Mainstream media comes up short as 'Pocahontas' story goes viral
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Mark Trahant: Mainstream media comes up short as 'Pocahontas' story goes viral (November 28, 2017)

How does the national press cover Indian Country? That’s often an easy question to answer because it’s so rare for the media to weigh in on events that matter.

President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
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President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.

Native Sun News Today: Military service inspires Lakota veteran to bring change
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Native Sun News Today: Military service inspires Lakota veteran to bring change (November 15, 2017)

It was October 1973 when Alex White Plume’s cousin visited on a home-town recruiting tour with 'little bitty Private wings' on his uniform, garnering oohs and ahhs from everyone in the room.

Native Sun News Today: Homeless veterans in South Dakota share their stories
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Native Sun News Today: Homeless veterans in South Dakota share their stories (November 14, 2017)

Even with the United States’ large military budget, we cannot seem to properly care for our veterans.

Native Sun News Today: Rosebud Sioux Tribe finally welcomes war hero home
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Native Sun News Today: Rosebud Sioux Tribe finally welcomes war hero home (November 13, 2017)

Army Sgt. Philip James Iyotte was just 21 years old when he was captured by Chinese forces during the Korean War in 1951.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: A special salute to the Native Americans who proudly served
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Native Sun News Today Editorial: A special salute to the Native Americans who proudly served (November 9, 2017)

The list of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota veterans, men and women, who served honorably and then came home to work for their people goes on and on.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes time to honor veteran brothers and sisters
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes time to honor veteran brothers and sisters (November 8, 2017)

As Cherokees, we respect and admire any man or woman who has donned a uniform and made sacrifices to defend America’s freedoms.

Kiowa citizen Pascal Cleatus Poolaw considered most decorated Indian soldier
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Kiowa citizen Pascal Cleatus Poolaw considered most decorated Indian soldier (November 7, 2017)

November 7, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Pascal Cleatus Poolaw Sr., a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Native American psychologists slam police tactics a year after Standing Rock
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Native American psychologists slam police tactics a year after Standing Rock (October 30, 2017)

The Society of Indian Psychologists criticized the law enforcement response to the pipeline protests, as well as the military-style tactics used by a security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Only dictators demand for their citizens to 'respect the flag'
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Ivan Star Comes Out: Only dictators demand for their citizens to 'respect the flag' (October 20, 2017)

I believe respect is earned and when I am forced to respect something, I will resist.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker David Patterson Sr. at age of 94
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Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker David Patterson Sr. at age of 94 (October 10, 2017)

David Earl Patterson Sr., a citizen of the Navajo Nation who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on Sunday. He was 94.

Cherokee Nation sends eight veterans to Washington on 4th annual Warrior Flight
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Cherokee Nation sends eight veterans to Washington on 4th annual Warrior Flight (September 26, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation has sent eight veterans who fought in three wars to Washington, D.C., on its fourth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight.

Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen
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Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen (September 15, 2017)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Rex Vance Wilson by police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
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Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)

It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Native Sun News Today: New book shares the secret stories of Sioux Code Talkers
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Native Sun News Today: New book shares the secret stories of Sioux Code Talkers (September 12, 2017)

Andrea Page (Standing Rock Sioux) began researching her Sioux Code Talkers book more than 20 years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)

Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa
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James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa (September 11, 2017)

Last month, my friend Ed McGaa set out on his final journey, a journey touched upon many times in the books he wrote about Lakota spirituality.

Johnny Rustywire: The sad tale of a Marine who returned to the Navajo Nation
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Johnny Rustywire: The sad tale of a Marine who returned to the Navajo Nation (August 24, 2017)

There is a story told to this day on the Navajo Nation about a Marine and his return home, Johnny Rustywire writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)

A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Morongo Band enters into agreement to help tribal veterans secure home loans
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Morongo Band enters into agreement to help tribal veterans secure home loans (August 8, 2017)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians will be helping tribal veterans in southern California secure home loans as part of an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

United Tribes Technical College set to honor veterans at upcoming powwow
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United Tribes Technical College set to honor veterans at upcoming powwow (August 2, 2017)

The 48th annual UTTC International Powwow will feature a special honoring for tribal citizens who served in the World War I era.

Ruth Hopkins: There would be no America without the first Americans
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Ruth Hopkins: There would be no America without the first Americans (July 5, 2017)

European immigrants would not have survived long enough to form the 13 colonies but for the assistance of Natives, Ruth Hopkins writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Hualapai Tribe learns more about citizen who was killed on duty in Vietnam
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Hualapai Tribe learns more about citizen who was killed on duty in Vietnam (June 27, 2017)

Michael Bruce Jones was only 20 years old when he was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.

Steve Russell: The GI Bill changed the United States for the better
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Steve Russell: The GI Bill changed the United States for the better (June 21, 2017)

The GI Bill broke class barriers but did not have the same effect on race, Cherokee Nation citizen Steve Russell writes on Indian Country Media Network

Mark Charles: The challenges of celebrating a holiday to genocide
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Mark Charles: The challenges of celebrating a holiday to genocide (June 2, 2017)

There are four U.S. holidays that, as a Native, I find difficult to fully celebrate.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)

The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Victor Swallow: When the Air Force bomber crashed at Pine Ridge
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Victor Swallow: When the Air Force bomber crashed at Pine Ridge (March 28, 2017)

My family lived about three miles from the west side border of the bombing area and eight to ten miles where they were bombing.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)

Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Water protectors experienced raw trauma
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Ivan Star Comes Out: Water protectors experienced raw trauma (March 9, 2017)

I was touched by a young attorney’s discussion on how some of his colleagues felt a 'raw' sense of defeat in the wake of the recent forced evacuation of their camp at Standing Rock.

Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service
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Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)

Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.

Navajo Code Talkers participate in presidential inaugural parade
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Navajo Code Talkers participate in presidential inaugural parade (January 13, 2017)

Veterans from the Navajo Nation will help usher in new leadership in Washington, D.C.

American Indian Society returns with 13th inaugural celebration
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American Indian Society returns with 13th inaugural celebration (January 9, 2017)

Indian Country is finding plenty of ways to celebrate as the nation transitions to new leadership.

New chef brings Native perspective to popular Smithsonian eatery
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New chef brings Native perspective to popular Smithsonian eatery (January 2, 2017)

Freddie Bitsoie, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is the first Native executive chief at the Mitsitam Café.

Sarah van Gelder: Why veterans asked for forgiveness at Standing Rock
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Sarah van Gelder: Why veterans asked for forgiveness at Standing Rock (December 21, 2016)

Perhaps 4,000 veterans joining thousands of Native water protectors and their allies was just too much.

Steven Newcomb: Veterans beg for forgiveness at Standing Rock
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Steven Newcomb: Veterans beg for forgiveness at Standing Rock (December 19, 2016)

'Images of U.S. military Veterans braving blizzard conditions to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline are powerful.'

Delphine Red Shirt: Veterans show solidarity with Standing Rock
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Delphine Red Shirt: Veterans show solidarity with Standing Rock (December 15, 2016)

Seeing the veterans arrive this cold December, to be a human shield for the water protectors is a true act of courage.

Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care
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Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care (December 12, 2016)

Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his weekly column in the Lakota language.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Maybe we can learn from our tragic history
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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Maybe we can learn from our tragic history (December 9, 2016)

The Sioux Nation is in a war for its very survival and no one knows more than our war veterans what it means to make a decision to fight or make peace with enemies.

Common Dreams: Veterans ask for forgiveness at Standing Rock
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Common Dreams: Veterans ask for forgiveness at Standing Rock (December 7, 2016)

Native American tribal leaders conducted a forgiveness ceremony with U.S. veterans on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

Democracy Now: Thousands of veterans deploy to Standing Rock
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Democracy Now: Thousands of veterans deploy to Standing Rock (December 5, 2016)

The announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it would deny a permit to Energy Party Transfers to drill under the Missouri River came as thousands of Native and non-Native military veterans descended on Standing Rock.