NCAI Honors Veterans on a Historic Veterans Day

Published on Nov 12, 2018

A message from NCAI President Jefferson Keel:
Yesterday marked the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice. Leaders from around the globe gathered at the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris, France to honor the men and women who served during World War I.
As we celebrate the lives and honor the sacrifice of our Armed Service Members from across time, I wanted to recognize the 10,000 WWI Native American Service Members who put their lives on the line for a country that had yet to grant Native peoples the rights of U.S. Citizenship. We remember these warriors and their willingness to protect this land and all people who live here and thank them for their service.
Our Native communities have always held our warriors in highest esteem. Our dedication to service stems from our roots in having been protectors of this land for thousands of years.
As NCAI President, I am dedicated to the preservation and expansion of tribal Veterans services. Veterans Day is not just about acknowledging the sacrifice all Veterans have made for our freedom, but also about renewing our commitment to providing for their well-being when they return home which means access to healthcare, housing, and other benefits that Veterans earn for their service. It is our duty to show our continued support and advocacy on behalf of Native Veterans and all who serve.
I call upon all of Indian Country to join me in honoring and expressing gratitude to all Veterans and active duty service members of the United States Armed Forces. Having served more than 20 years in the United States Army, I would like to say welcome home to my brothers and sisters in arms.
Happy Veterans Day,
President Keel
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