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.
Posted: 2013-12-06 12:00 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Minnesota National Guard Service members gathered at Camp Ripley during the first snowfall of the season for the 3rd Annual muzzle loaders hunt December 2-4, 2013.
"We all love hunting and talk about it during the deployments," said Col. Paul Roecker, Operations Officer for the Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. "Hunts like this one are a great chance for Soldiers and Airmen to get out and enjoy a sport that they may have missed out on during a deployment."
Posted: 2013-12-05 08:22 AM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dec. 5, 2013
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division is scheduled to recognize a new, incoming division commander Saturday during a change of command ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard Armory. "Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt is a proven leader and I have confidence in his ability to command these great men and women of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division," said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Minnesota National Guard's adjutant general.
Posted: 2013-12-05 12:00 AM ST. PAUL, Minn.- Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard now have an additional resource in the fight against sexual assault. Minnesota is one of the first states to implement putting a Special Victims' Counsel into place to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault. The Minnesota National Guard recently hired Capt. Peter Williams to serve in this new position.
"The special victims' counsel are advocates for the victims to hopefully speak for them when they can't, to empower them and to give them the strength to make it through so we can bring their perpetrators to justice," said Williams.