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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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Historical moments of Native Americans in service

American Indian Heritage Foundation

Bureau of Indian Affairs






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204th Area Support Medical Company Returning Home from Sinai

Posted: 2015-07-27  10:08 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jul. 20, 2015

Cottage Grove, Minn. - More than 40 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 204th Area Support Medical Company are returning home over the next several weeks from a nine-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt in support of Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO).  The mission of the MFO is to enforce the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

The 204th ASMC supported the nearly 2,000-strong Multi-National Force and Observers by providing medical services, veterinary services, preventive medicine, food inspection, and medical logistics.



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