Events

November 15, 2013

In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month –

Here are the facts of the day from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute website at https://www.deomi.org:

Day 15: Native Alaskan tribes belong to five geographic areas, are organized under thirteen Alaska Native Regional Corporations, speak 20 different languages, and have eleven different cultures.

Day 16: More than 42,000 American Indians, 90 percent of them volunteers, fought in Vietnam.

Day 17: Historically, Native Americans have the highest record of service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups. The reasons behind this disproportionate contribution are complex and deeply rooted in traditional American Indian culture. In many respects, Native Americans are no different from others who volunteer for military service. They do, however, have distinctive cultural values that drive them to serve their country.

Day 18: After World War II, American Indian Code Talkers returned to communities that were having difficult economic times. Jobs were scarce, as were opportunities for education or job training. Racism toward Indian people was common, and though they had served their country with distinction, Indian veterans could not eat or drink in some establishments—or even vote in some national or state elections.

Day 19: Tribal colleges and universities are accredited higher education institutions located on or near Indian reservations. These institutions were established and are operated by American Indian tribes to educate Native people and preserve Native ways, giving students the opportunity to work toward a college degree while embracing who they are as Native people. There are 34 fully accredited tribal colleges serving more than 30,000 students, who represent more than 250 tribes from across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Day 20: During World War II, more than 44,000 Natives, out of a total U.S. population of 350,000, served in the military. In 1942, the Navajo code talkers were formed, using the complex Diné language as a basis for an unbreakable code for tactical messages. Approximately 400 Navajo servicemen were recruited into the code talkers before the end of the war. Code talkers took part in every Marine Corps assault in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

Day 21: President Barack Obama signed the Native American Apology Resolution into law on December 19, 2009. The Apology Resolution stated that the United States, “Apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

Commander shows off Team March at Capitol Hill

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan (From left to right) U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, who represents the 41st District of California, and Julia Steinberger, senior legislative assistant to Takano’s office, discus...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher

Yellow Ribbon program supports Airman inspired by family history

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Almira Pasic and her youngest son, Memsudin, participate in an activity during the Warrior Support Forum, at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, held in Chandler, Ariz., July 26...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Through the glass: Veteran remembers his past

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. Bruce Sooy receives a demonstration flight at Nut Tree Airport, Calif., July 2015. It had been 56 years since he had last flown an aircraft. (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eye...
 

 
Brigade3

News from the 304th Sustainment Brigade’s Facebook page

Army Reserve Pvt. 2nd Class Kiet Duong, a culinary specialist with the 387th, sifts flour through a sieve during the competition. Duong, a Garden Grove, Calif., native, used the flour in the baked wheat rolls and Boston cream c...
 
 
Courtesy photo of Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.)

Marine vet honors fallen female troops with 160-mile run

Courtesy photo of Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.) Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero (ret.) ran 160 miles around the Puget Sound in Washington from July 23-26, 2015. Each mile represented a female service member who lost her life...
 
 
150725-F-RK887-023

Swarz assumes command of 452nd Security Forces Squadron

The 452nd Security Forces Squadron held an Assumption of Command ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center here on Saturday, July 25, 2015. During the ceremony Lt. Col. Arthur J. Rodi, deputy commander, 452nd Mission Support Gro...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>