Parades and powwows are gearing up to honor Native American veterans around the country. Native military service dates to well before Native Americans were considered citizens of the United States. In addition to financial and educational benefits, Native people look to the military as a source of honor in line with tribal traditions. We’ll celebrate Native military service and assess how Native veterans are included when it comes to understanding cultural traditions, Friday on Native America Calling with Shawn Spruce.
Elouise Brown (Diné), TseAlnaozti’i Veterans Organization secretary and Northern Navajo Veterans Organization secretary
“Truckee” Bob Tilton (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe), combat foreman with the 7th Marine Corps in Vietnam
Maryann Parker (Kiowa from the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma), curatorial specialist at the First American Museum
Raquel Painter (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; Santee Sioux descent), President/Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Onslow County, Marine veteran (26 years), and North Carolina’s 2021 Combat Female Veteran of the Year
Break 1 Music: Veteran’s Honoring Song (song) Red Hawk Medicine Drum (artist) New Beginnings (album)
Break 2 Music: Crossroad Blues (song) Lakota John (artist) Lakota John and Kin (album)