On Wednesday, Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, introduced a bipartisan resolution to establish every Nov. 7 as a national Native American Indian Veterans Day. Twenty of her colleagues from the Native American Caucus have signed on in support.
Kirkpatrick’s resolution would honor the service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces by designating Nov 7, a date during Native American Indian Heritage Month, as Native American Indian Veterans Day. More than 150,000 Native Americans have served or fought for the United States.*
Kirkpatrick, who grew up on the White Mountain Apache Nation in eastern Arizona, is Arizona’s only member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is Ranking Member of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
“We all know the noble legacy of the Code Talkers, but many folks are unaware that Native Americans have a greater proportion of veterans than the general U.S. population,” Kirkpatrick said. “My resolution would set aside a day for our grateful nation to honor their service and sacrifice.”