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National Parks: American Indians and their role in the Civil War (12/17)
"The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is nearly here and a recent event at Petersburg National Battlefield underscored a bit of history that often escapes much notice—the role of American Indians in the conflict. Estimates of the number of...

CBC News: Native veterans receive grant for unmarked graves (12/03)
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Book Review: War in Vietnam affects man's life in 'Extra Indians' (11/22)
"It's one of life's more infuriating facts that things we do when we are too young to do things wisely affect us well into our old age. Tommy Jack, the protagonist of Eric Gansworth's "Extra Indians," is one of the...

Barney Old Coyote, Crow, most decorated Indian WWII veteran (11/12)
Barney Old Coyote, a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, is the most decorated Indian veteran who served in World War II. Old Coyote, 87, enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served on 72 combat missions...

NPR: Native Americans have long tradition of service in US military (11/11)
"Native-Americans have been influential in the U.S. military for more than 200 years. They assisted George Washington, served during the War of 1812 and have continued to defend the country into the 21st century. Host Michel Martin has a Veteran's...

Navajo Code Talkers go to New York City for Veterans Day tribute (11/11)
Three Navajo Code Talkers are scheduled to appear New York Stock Exchange as part of a tribute on Veterans Day. The Code Talkers are the guests of NativeOne Financial, an Indian-owned firm. "We are humbled to host the Navajo Code...

John Thune: Paying tribute to our tribal veterans in South Dakota (11/11)
The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). South Dakota is blessed to have a rich history of Native American culture and tradition. The tribes in our state have influenced our culture and way of life throughout...

Book claims Native soldiers 'scalped' captives during World War II (11/09)
Without providing a source, a new book claims Native soldiers from Canada "scalped" captives during the European theater of World War II. "Normandy" by Olivier Wieviorka is an account of the events leading to D-Day. “Some Canadian soldiers of native...

Opinion: Indian veterans an important part of our nation's history (11/05)
"Last June a caravan of cars pulled into the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D., to lay a legendary Marine to rest. Gov. Mike Rounds asked that flags be lowered to half staff across the state in tribute to...

Rex Pooyouma, last Hopi Code Talker, passes away at age of 93 (10/28)
Rex Pooyouma, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on October 23. He was 93. Pooyouma was the last of 10 Hopi Code Talkers. They used the Hopi...

Obama signs Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act into law (10/14)
President Barack Obama signed the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act into law on Tuesday. The new law ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal disability and survivor benefits are not denied support under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination...

Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act heads to White House (09/28)
A bill to help Indian veterans with housing is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal disability and survivor benefits are not denied support...

Letter: US won't honor treaty rights of American Indian veterans (09/27)
"As a First American and a veteran, I would like to advise American Indian people who are considering enlisting in the United States Armed Services to seriously reconsider this decision, based on the fact that our treaty rights are still...

Chester Cayou, longtime Swinomish leader, passes away at 88 (09/14)
Chester Cayou, a longtime leader of the Swinomish Tribe of Washington, died on August 27. He was 88. Cayou was serving his sixth term on the Swinomish Senate. He worked on natural resource, veterans, budget and law enforcement issues. “Chet...

Raymond Harvey, Chickasaw veteran, set for military hall of fame (09/07)
Raymond Harvey, the only member of the Chickasaw Nation to receive a Medal of Honor, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 11. Harvey served in World War II and in Korea. He received...

Veterans group refuses to display memorial at Indian meeting (08/10)
Attendees of the 79th annual American Indian Exposition in Oklahoma arranged to host the The Moving Wall, but the veterans group pulled out at the last minute, citing problems with the event. Tribes and Indian veterans raised money for the...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves Indian housing bills (07/01)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved two Indian housing bills at a business meeting on Wednesday. H.R.3553, the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act, ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal disability and survivor benefits are not denied support under the...

Agenda for Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting (06/29)
Update: An agreement has been reached on the IHS subpoena so it has been taken off the agenda. The agreement will be discussed at the business meeting tomorrow. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and oversight...

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin: The passing of an American hero (06/23)
The following is the opinion of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota). This week, we mourn the passing of an American hero, Clarence Wolf Guts. Clarence Wolf Guts, the last surviving Lakota code talker from World War II, was...

Opinion: Remember Navajo Code Talkers, the quiet warriors (06/01)
"The address was in Navajo, the ancient language of the Navajo Nation who live on the harsh high desert reservation of Northern Arizona. The only other Native American tribe to share its language is Apache. The words were short, and...

NPR: Osage photojournalist captures Native warriors in Iraq (06/01)
"Photojournalist Steven Clevenger got his start in 1971 in Cambodia, when he was just 22-years-old. He has covered seven wars, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, Clevenger began a three-year project documenting the warrior tradition of soldiers...

Wells Mahkee: Don't let our warriors go without recognition (05/31)
"Since time immemorial, Native Americans have honored their fallen warriors in much the same way. Numerous tales of memorable battles, shared victories, and in some cases, disappointing defeats were told and passed along from generation to generation. Many of these...

Tom Oxendine, decorated Lumbee veteran, passes on at 87 (05/28)
Tom Oxendine, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died on Thursday. He was 87. In 1942, Oxendine was the first Native American to be commissioned as a...

Indian veterans slam Senate hopeful for Vietnam War claims (05/21)
Indian veterans told Indian Country Today they are offended by the false Vietnam War service claims of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe to tribes. “He was lying,” said Jim Overman, 77, a member of...

Oneida Nation veterans struggle decades after Vietnam War (05/20)
Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who served in the Vietnam War say they still experience trauma. When he travels, Robert Webster usually goes one way and comes back another. "My wife asks, 'What are you doing?' I...

Senate hopeful made recent claim about serving in Vietnam (05/19)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe in Indian Country, claimed as recently as a few weeks ago that he had served in Vietnam, The New York Times reports. Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate,...

Senate candidate, a critic of tribes, never served in Vietnam (05/18)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), long seen as a foe in Indian Country, never served in Vietnam despite having claimed otherwise, The New York Times reports. Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, acknowledged he was wrong to...

House passes Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act (04/22)
The House passed H.R.3553, the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act, on Tuesday. The bill ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal disability and survivor benefits are not denied support under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. "This is...

Field hearing focuses on Indian housing, veterans issues (04/02)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) will travel to the Navajo Nation for a field hearing on Indian housing and Indian veteran issues on Saturday, April 10. The hearing takes place at 11:30am at the Navajo Nation...

Tim Giago: Look into Native veteran discrimination claims (03/29)
There is a credo lamented daily in the waiting rooms of the Veterans Administration Hospitals scattered across America. It goes, “First you apply, then they deny and hope you will die.” This has a special meaning to Native American veterans....

San Manuel Band supports Native veterans memorial (03/11)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $250,000 towards the design and construction of a Native veterans monument at Riverside National Cemetery in southern California. The monument will be the first of its kind in the nation. It has...

California names first official for Native veterans affairs (03/09)
California appears to be the first state in the nation with a post dedicated to Native American veterans affairs. Pedro Molina, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Native American...

Editorial: Navajo Code Talkers pass on military tradition (01/19)
"Once a Marine, always a Marine. That certainly held true recently when two Bloomfield Marines being recognized by family for their military service in Iraq and Afghanistan were surprised by a visit from three Navajo Code Talkers. It doesn't...

Column: Navajo soldiers created unbreakable code (12/17)
"From watching the History Channel or from school, some of you may have heard about the “code talkers” of World War II. Sometimes they were called “wind talkers.” The U.S. military needed a code to use on telephone or radio...

New Mexico refunds tax refunds to Indian veterans (12/07)
The state of New Mexico is refunding income taxes to Indian veterans that were illegally withheld for 30 years. Indian veterans who live on reservations and served in the military between 1977 and 2007 are eligible for refunds. An estimated...

Column: Navajo Code Talkers honored for efforts (11/12)
"America's veterans have given life and limb in the service of freedom. A dwindling band of World War II vets -- honored this morning at New York's Veterans Day parade -- "gave" their language, too. Some 400 members of...

Mohawk veterans awarded high school diplomas (11/12)
More than 40 veterans from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York received their high school diplomas at a ceremony on the reservation on Wednesday. The 45 veterans served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. They were...

Herseth Sandlin: Honoring our nation's veterans (11/11)
The following is the opinion of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota). As we observe Veterans Day this year, I would like to recognize all of those who have bravely served our country in uniform and offer my gratitude on...

NARF: Indian veterans made the ultimate sacrifice (11/11)
November is National Native American Month. Join the Native American Rights Fund as we celebrate and remember the heritage of Native Americans who have laid down their lives to help defend and preserve America’s democratic ideals. They have proudly and...

Charles Trimble: Indian warriors serve two nations (11/11)
At the Wounded Knee massacre site there is a marble monument marking the mass grave of the Dakota men, women and children slaughtered there by troops of US Cavalry in December 1890. Juxtaposed around the monument are several plain white...

Navajo Code Talkers walk in Veterans Day parade (11/10)
A group of Navajo Code Talkers will walk in the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Wednesday. Keith Little, 85, and Samuel Tom Holiday, 85, are among the 13 Code Talkers who are taking part in the...

John Thune: Honoring legacy of Indian veterans (11/09)
The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). There are few South Dakotans who do not have a friend of family member who is a veteran of our Armed Forces. This is especially true in tribal communities,...

Senate committee to look at Indian veteran care (11/04)
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on cooperation between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The VA and the IHS have been working together to the improve the delivery of services to...

Veterans Affairs hearing on cooperation with IHS (11/02)
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday on cooperation between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The VA and the IHS have been working together to the improve the delivery of services...

Editorial: Say thanks for Oneida veterans (10/08)
"A ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Thornberry Creek at Oneida golf course marked an opportunity to recognize the lifetime contributions of three men who served the cause of freedom nearly 70 years ago. The French government presented its Legion of...

Oneida veterans receive top French honor (10/07)
Three members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin have received France's highest honor for their military service in World War II. . Allen Green, Edmund Powless and Warren Skenadore are the first Oneida veterans to join the French Legion...

Cheyenne River soldier's remains coming home (09/09)
The remains of Arthur Francis Jewett, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota who died in combat during the Korean War, are finally coming home. Jewett was killed in North Korea around November-December 1950. He was...

Native soldier buried on reserve in Saskatchewan (09/03)
Darby Morin, a soldier from the Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan, was buried on Tuesday. Morin, 25, served in the U.S. Army. He died in Afghanistan on August 22 when a vehicle he was traveling in rolled over....

Navajo Nation chapter dedicates veterans' center (09/01)
Navajo Nation veterans in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico, have a place to call their own. The 70 veterans will use the extension to the Upper Fruitland Chapter building for meetings and events and to store records. The project cost...

Native veterans remembered as 'Fallen Heroes' (08/06)
Of the eight South Dakotans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, three of them were Native American. U.S. Marine Cpl. Brett Lee Lundstrom was 22 when he died in Iraq on January 7, 2006. He was a member of...

BIA to pay lost wages for firing Indian veteran (07/15)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to pay $7,514 in lost wages for firing an Indian veteran. The BIA hired Ronnie D. Pease Sr. , a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, for a temporary position. He was...

First Native veterans day observed in Maine (06/23)
The first Native American Veterans Day was observed in Maine on June 21. The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Penobscot Nation hosted events to mark the new holiday. "It is a privilege to know and have known our...

Letter: Remember Indian veterans on Memorial Day (05/26)
"On certain autumnal days when a cold wind sweeps through the region, mountain people swear you can hear the sounds of people singing and babies crying; the ghosts of the Cherokee people forcibly rounded up and incarcerated in concentration camps...

Tim Giago: Memorial Day speech at Black Hills National Cemetery (05/25)
There is no greater honor than to be asked by my fellow veterans to make this address to you on this special day. I am truly humbled to be in the presence of so many Native American veterans who served...

Navajo delegates ride to Washington for veterans (05/22)
Six Navajo Nation Council delegates are on a motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to lobby for veterans issues. The delegates left Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation, on Sunday. They are due to arrive in Washington...

Navajo veteran presented with replacement medals (04/22)
Tom Charley, a member of the Navajo Nation, was presented with replacement medals for his service during World War II. Charley, 86, earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, an American Champion Medal, a World War II Victory Medal and...

Northern Cheyenne soldier dies at Army post (04/10)
The U.S. Army is investigating the death of a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. Sgt. George A. Kellum, 23, died April 4 at Fort Benning in Georgia. He was stationed there after serving in Iraq and...

Tribute: Navajo soldier walked in multiple worlds (03/09)
"Casual acquaintances of the late Harvey Begay probably never guessed that the mild-mannered Navajo jeweler was a driven combat aviator in another life. Begay died at home in Steamboat Springs on March 2 at the age of 70. When...

Bill in Maine creates Native veterans holiday (02/25)
The Maine Legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on a bill to create a holiday to honor Native veterans. The bill establishes June 21 as Native American Veteran’s Day. Supporters said Indian veterans, who have served in every...

Plans for Native veterans memorial in California (02/16)
Money is being raised for a memorial to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. Don Loudner, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and retired Brig. Gen. Stan Brown need $4 million for the American...