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Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard celebrates
Native American Heritage


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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Tribal consultations continue Camp Ripley on positive path for the future
05/31/2016

Exercise tests communications among response agencies
10/30/2015

Minnesota brothers reunite in Kuwait
09/16/2014

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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Two years of hard work pays off for Red Bulls at NTC

Posted: 2016-07-01  01:02 PM
NTC BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the majority of the Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, having already returned home - and each Soldier set to have returned by July 3 - the brigade is closing the book on National Training Center rotation 16-07 and looking forward to its ready year in 2017.

"The training the brigade received and conducted was among the hardest and most realistic that the U.S. Army offers," said Col. Robert Intress, commander of the 1/34th ABCT. "I am incredibly proud of our performance ... we have been extremely successful and safe!"

In addition to the nearly two years of planning and training leading up to the rotation, the brigade's mission at NTC consisted of four phases: logistics involving the movement of 1,500 pieces of equipment and 6,000 Soldiers to Fort Irwin, California; Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration; force-on-force field exercise; and regeneration.



Red Bull Soldier gains US citizenship

Posted: 2016-06-30  02:30 PM
Ali Dahir ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota National Guard soldier was one of 82 new U.S. citizens naturalized in a ceremony June 29, 2016, at Harriet Island Park.

For Pvt. Ali Mohamed Dahir, a motor transport operator assigned to A Co, 134th Brigade Support Battalion, gaining U.S. citizenship was a long-awaited dream come true.

"It feels amazing. It really does," Dahir said, after the ceremony in which he took the Oath of Allegiance. "It can't get any better than the feeling I have right now."



Red Bull infantrymen prepare for deployment

Posted: 2016-06-29  09:44 AM
2-135 premob training CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division spent June 17-30, 2016, at Camp Ripley.

The Soldiers of 2-135 Infantry are taking part in annual training in preparation for the battalion's upcoming deployment.

"Our Soldiers are well-trained, experienced and ready when called upon," said Lt. Col. Jon Ostercamp, the battalion commander, during an interview earlier this spring.



Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers conduct domestic operations training with local law enforcement

Posted: 2016-06-28  08:30 AM
Active shooter exercise CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the Norwegian Home Guard received training from local Minnesota law enforcement officers during a three-day domestic operations training event on Camp Ripley, June 24-26, 2016.

The training event, meant to provide both Minnesota and Norwegian Soldiers with an understanding of inter-agency cooperation between law enforcement and the military, consisted of basic instruction in crisis negotiation, active shooters and hostage rescue.

"We were asked to participate in this training exercise, which I consider an honor," said Washington County SWAT team member Chris Rheault who is a crisis negotiator and also a full-time Woodbury police officer. "This training provides everyone an opportunity to share tactics. Although we're instructing the training, it really provides us with an opportunity to all learn from each other. These Soldiers have different experiences and teach us just as much as we can teach them."



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