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Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces

As the digital exhibit Patriot Nations points out, "Native Americans have served in our nation's military since colonial times ... [y]et they remain unrecognized by any landmark in our nation's capital." This deficiency is in the process of changing, and a national Native American Veterans Memorial is due to be unveiled in late 2020. In the meantime, Patriot Nations, created by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian, offers virtual visitors a chronological overview of Native peoples' valuable contributions to US military history. Through photographs and text, this exhibit remembers and acknowledges tribal members' service to the United States throughout the country's history, beginning in 1775 with the Revolutionary War and continuing into the present day. Examples include code talkers in World Wars I and II, the government-run American Indian boarding schools which became targets for military recruitment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the 42,000 American Indians who served in the US military during the Vietnam War. This exhibit also touches on the importance of Native American cultural practices to their veterans.
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Date of Scout Publication
November 16th, 2018
Date Of Record Creation
November 12th, 2018 at 4:06pm
Date Of Record Release
November 13th, 2018 at 10:40am
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