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The Minnesota National Guard celebrates Native American Heritage.  American Indians have eagerly served in the military for more than 200 years, in spite of a government which did not always keep its word to their ancestors.  As early as the 18th century, American Indians were recognized by American military leaders. General George Washington in 1778 stated he thought the American Indians would be great scouts and light troops. Since then, American Indians have been involved in every war since the War of 1812. During the Vietnam War, more than 90 percent of American Indians were volunteers.

While there are few circumstances of documented overt prejudice while in uniform, Navajo Code Talkers were sometimes mistaken by their own men for Japanese soldiers. But as one code talker recalled, Navajos had a chance to prove wrong the bigots back home; the military prized them for speaking their own language. For many American Indian veterans, the honor of defending their country overrode all other considerations. Currently, American Indians have the highest record of service per capita in comparison to other ethnic groups. It is deeply rooted in their culture to serve their country and they value a proud warrior tradition. At the end of the 20th century there were almost 190,000 American Indian Veterans.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are two popular holidays celebrated every year in the month of November. During this month of November, let's take time to reminisce and be grateful to our American Indian service members who have contributed to the success of the United States of America and its military.



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LAX-4-LIFE partnership teaches Lacrosse, leadership and life skills to Native American Youth
07/31/2013

2013 Native American Lax-4-Life Camp
07/23/2013

Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp Update: Story, photos and b-roll video available
07/31/2012

National Guard supports Native American youth at lacrosse camp
07/27/2012

Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp Partnership
07/20/2012

Minnesota National Guard joins the Nation in observing American Indian Heritage Month
08/20/2011

Returning vets of color face unique challenges
07/05/2010

Camp Ripley hosts Nation to Nation event
10/11/2005



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American Indian Heritage Foundation

Bureau of Indian Affairs






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204th Area Support Medical Company Celebrate Their Return to Minnesota

Posted: 2015-08-29  08:44 AM
204th ASMC After a nine-month tour of duty on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the Soldiers of the 204th Area Support Medical Company based out of Cottage Grove, Minn., celebrated their return home on Aug. 29, 2015, at Century College in White Bear Lake.

"Our Soldiers provided medical support for the Multinational Force and Observers, which is comprised of more than 1,600 Service members from 12 nations," said Army Capt. Jonathan Vang, 204th Area Support Medical Company commander.



Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

Posted: 2015-08-28  03:36 PM
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August 31, 2015

The fifth annual Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair presented by USAA on Sept. 1st will recognize veterans and provide an educational opportunity for all fair goers to learn about Minnesota's military community.

"A special addition this year is a morning Veteran Recognition Program just before the flag officially raises on the day at the fair," said Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard adjutant general.



Distinguished Visitors Tour Vigilant Guard Exercise

Posted: 2015-08-28  03:30 PM
Minnesota National Guard SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Distinguished visitors toured the Minnesota Vigilant Guard 2015 exercise on Tuesday. The group was comprised of visiting military officials, emergency response leaders, and government officials.

Their purpose, to gain insight on how the Minnesota National Guard coordinates with military, federal, state, and civilian agencies during emergencies and disasters.

148th Fighter Wing simulates Emergency Family Assistance Center

Posted: 2015-08-28  03:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard DULUTH, Minn. -- The 148th Fighter Wing Emergency Family Assistance Center was activated in response to the Vigilant Guard 2015 exercise Aug. 24, 2015, as the Minnesota National Guard continued to assist local authorities around the northeastern part of the state in response to a series of simulated weather-related disasters.

"Emergencies happen, we want to make sure that military families have the information and assistance they need," stated Jennifer Kuhlman, 148th Fighter Wing Airman and family readiness program manager and EFAC coordinator.



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