Veterans Day Message

Published on Nov 11, 2016

National Congress of American Indians Veterans Day Message
President Brian Cladoosby

On this day, across the Nation, citizens are honoring the brave members of the United States 
Armed Forces. As President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) I am proud to also stand and express my deepest gratitude to our nation’s Veterans, Native and non-Native, reflecting on their courage and sacrifices they have made.

Native Americans have a long history of distinguished service in this country; serving at one of the highest per-capita rates of any population. My own family has served in the Armed Forces for generations, including my father who served in the Korean War.

As Native peoples, we exemplify a high standard of support and recognition for our Native Veterans. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day, we give thanks to our Veteran brothers and sisters for ensuring that we as Native peoples continue to survive and thrive. Through this pursuit of honor and recognition, NCAI has supported the National Museum of the American Indians in the efforts to create a National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

As we take the time today to celebrate, I want to remind you that it should not be just about honoring our Veterans but also reciprocating what they have done for us by committing to their well-being and quality of life. All that we have overcome has been in no small part through the valiant efforts of our Veterans.

I ask that you take some time today to reflect and pray for our Veterans and to find ways that you can support the Veterans in your community.

To learn more about Veteran issues, NCAI has a long standing Veterans Committee that helps share with all tribes, government officials, and supporters the issues affecting our Native Veterans such as adequate access to homeownership and small business loans programs, proper health care, educational grants, jobs, and homelessness. The NCAI latest resolutions passed regarding Veterans can be found here: http://bit.ly/2eKcBGh.

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