. . . dedicated to those who, through history, have demonstrated the highest sacrifice for freedom -- according to their numbers.
We are diligently working to change this tragic fact. Initial efforts have already been accomplished to secure a nationally approved and prominent memorial site at the most active national cemetery in the United States.
Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside National Cemetery is the final
resting place for heroes such as:
Joe Morris, Sr., Indian Code Talker
During WW1 many Native American soldiers were not yet U.S. citizens, yet bravely served.
Several American Indians have been awarded the Medal of Honor.
Ira Hayes was one of the 6 flag raisers in the iconic photograph taken on Iwo Jima.
The U.S. military strategically used American Indian Code Talkers in both World Wars.
Out of a total population of less than 350,000, over 44,000 American Indians served in WW2.
Many American Indians fought alongside colonists in the Revolutionary War.
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"NAIV is recognized by NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) and NASDVA (National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs) as the 'Voice of the American Indian Veteran.'
Therefore, by unanimous vote, the National Executive Board of NAIV, Inc. strongly endorses this project as a national honor to American Indian Veterans who have served and died for this nation since it's founding -- while at the same time struggling to uphold the dignity and traditions of our native peoples.
Please accept this endorsement on behalf of all Indigenous Indian and Alaska Native veterans as well as veterans of Hawaii and American Samoa. We are honored and look forward to the actual dedication of this sacred site."
Donald E. Loudner (Hunkpati Sioux), CW4 (US ARMY, RET)
National Commander, National American Indian Veterans, Inc.
Excerpt from endorsement letter to Brigadier General Stan Brown, Feb. 2006
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WHAT WILL THE MONUMENT LOOK LIKE?
& Where will it be built?
The Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, CA) is home to several existing national memorials including the Medal of Honor Memorial, the Veterans Memorial, and the POW/MIA Memorial. It encompasses nearly 1,000 acres, the third largest in terms of total land designated for use in the nation. It is the most active by numbers of interments than any other national cemetery.
The proposed American Indian Veterans Monument will be the first national memorial to specifically honor the unprecedented service of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans at any of our nation’s cemeteries.
Riverside National Cemetery is the only national cemetery in the National Cemetery System that has an established Memorial & Monuments Committee which works directly with the community and veterans organizations.
Due diligence was performed through a consulting firm to research if there were existing or proposed plans for a national Native American memorial in any national cemetery in the country. Over two years of research revealed there was neither an existing memorial nor plans to build such a monument.
Although no national monument existed to honor the great contributions of American Indians, the research showed there was broad based support in both the public and private sectors for the concept. Strong support was identified in Tribal communities as well as non-tribal communities, along with veterans’ organizations nationwide and political representatives.
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