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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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Junior ROTC cadets conduct winter exercise at Camp Ripley

Posted: 2015-01-28  11:09 AM
JROTC CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Junior ROTC cadets from Como Park High School in St. Paul bivouacked, Jan. 22-25, at Camp Ripley.

"This is our 20th year as a program and our first year conducting a winter leadership exercise," said Maj. John Foley, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and senior instructor.



Deployment Ceremony Gives Soldiers A Proper Send-Off

Posted: 2015-01-27  10:04 AM
1-171 deployment ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A deployment ceremony was held Saturday afternoon for Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers in the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment.

The ceremony featured guest speakers, the Order to Mobilization, and a benediction from the brigade chaplain.

Captain Amanda Waldusky is a commanding officer for the company. She says they will head down to Texas before the actual deployment.

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Minnesota Guard will not be going to Liberia, after all

Posted: 2015-01-26  10:07 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- As the number of West Africans who have become infected with Ebola drops dramatically, members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are learning that they will not be going to Liberia to support the U.S. military's mission there.

Col. Kevin Olson, Guard spokesman, said Saturday night that the division -- which was going to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance -- is no longer required.

"The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was one of the units identified to deploy, and has informed the nearly 300 soldiers preparing for this mission that they will not be required to support the effort to contain the Ebola virus disease in West Africa," Olson said in a statement.



MN National Guard Aviation deployment ceremony

Posted: 2015-01-23  02:59 PM
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Jan. 22, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn.- Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Saint Cloud, Minn., in preparation for a one-year deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait this month in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.



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