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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

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Brothers in aviation deploy together

Posted: 2014-07-22  08:16 AM
Minnesota National Guard FORT HOOD, Texas - Joshua is the quietest of the three Tidei brothers. He is the only one to sport a mustache. When he speaks, jargon about aircraft maintenance flows out effortlessly. As an aircraft maintainer with the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, he makes sure the UH-60 Black Hawks he maintains are working properly. He takes the job seriously. It could be his brother Jonathon, a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, flying the helicopter next.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathon J. Tidei, Spc. Caleb P. Tidei and Spc. Joshua P. Tidei are deploying to Kuwait together.



The Importance of the American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange

Posted: 2014-07-17  09:49 AM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- "It's important to know the people we are going to serve with overseas before we get there," said Col Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander.

Since its conception in world affairs, the United States of American has relied on the cooperation and partnerships of its allies during times of peace and war. These partnerships have ensured the progress of our national economic interests, advanced our medical and scientific research and strengthened the security of our military at home as well as overseas.

We have a lot to learn from each other and it starts right here, with the young members of these two military organizations.



Minnesota National Guard puts forth an All Star Effort

Posted: 2014-07-15  10:31 AM
Minnesota National Guard For the Minnesota National Guard, support of Major League Baseball's All Star Week was evident under the spotlight as well as behind the scenes.

Leading up to the All Star Game - which took place in Minnesota for the first time in nearly 30 years - Minnesota National Guard leaders were invited to take part in Fox Sports North's All Star Game programming, "All Star Live," to showcase the capabilities of National Guard units across the state during a daily "All Star Salute" segment. The Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, was the first to appear in-studio to introduce FSN's audience to "the things we do here in Minnesota, each and every day."



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