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Indian veterans without monument

By Associated Press


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. » The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary.

Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.

Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the armed forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.

Yet among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.

A grass-roots effort is brewing among tribes across the country to change that, while Demo­cratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii has introduced legislation that would clear the way for the National Museum of the American Indian to begin raising private funds for a memorial.

John Garcia, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said he has been meeting with Native American leaders and believes that a memorial "is a real possibility" if land is located and private funds are raised. Garcia estimated there are about 200,000 Native American veterans.

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what wrote:
Schatz and the "Indian" monument supporters are racists for thinking that existing monuments and memorials to WW2 veterans do not already honor Native Americans. Existing WW2 monuments and memorials honor all who served regardless of race or ethnicity.
on May 27,2013 | 02:58AM
allie wrote:
I am a Mandan and my people lost lives in all American Wars. We want to be honored not as ":Indians" but as Americans fighting for common blessings that this great country provides. Schatz is a very small, poorly educated man. He believes he will get votes by further dividing Americans by race. What a sad, luckless little man he is.
on May 27,2013 | 09:29AM
Lanikaula wrote:
Let's not stop there! There are NO memorials for Kanaka Maoli Hawaii as well, but there is one in the making: http://kuewall.org/project.html
on May 27,2013 | 09:52AM
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