Native American Veterans


Native American Veterans

Sharing friendship & information for the Native American Veteran

This Groups is associated with Native Peace!/pages/Native-Peace/120377467995430

& Native Peace Gifts

Members: 14
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2012

Welcome to the Native American Veterans Group...

According to data published by the Wall Street Journal there are 12,000 American Indians, Alaska natives and Canadian aboriginals serving in the U.S. military. Native Americans went into the military for a variety of reasons- to uphold the Warrior tradition, economic reasons, personal reasons, the draft, or a combination were the usual reasons given. Those who could not enlist because of age or inability to speak English, served on the home front in a variety of capacities on military bases or in factories. They raised larger crops to feed more people and gave money to support the war effort. The numbers that served are surprising, considering the often precarious relationship between the United States government and our sovereign nations.
The commitment and contributions of Native Americans in the United States are again astounding. They have served in the United States military since the American Revolution. During the Civil War, there were three (3) Confederate Units and one (1) Union unit primarily made up of Native Americans from the Oklahoma tribes. Two of the most well-known Native American military men at this time were Eli S. Parker and Stand Watie. Eli S. Parker, a Seneca from New York, was the military assistant to General Ulysses S. Grant. Stand Watie, a Cherokee, was the last Confederate Brigadier General to surrender to the Union troops. In World War I, many Native Americans were so eager to join that they went to Canada to enlist before the United States entered the war. Six thousand (6,000) of the more than eight thousand (8,000) who served during this war were volunteers.

It was this tremendous act of patriotism that persuaded Congress to pass the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924.

During World War II, twenty-five thousand (25,000) Native American men and women fought on all fronts in Europe and Asia, receiving more than eighty-one (81) air medals, sixty-two (62) Silver Stars, fifty-seven (57) Bronze Stars, forty-four (44) distinguished Flying Crosses, and two (2) Congressional Medals of Honor.
In the Viet Nam War more than forty-one thousand, five hundred (41,500) Native Americans enlisted to serve in the United States Armed Services. Of these, ninety percent (90%) were volunteers, giving Native Americans the highest record of service of any ethnic group in the country.
In 1990, prior to Operation Desert Storm, some twenty-four thousand (24,000) Native American men and women were serving in the military. Approximately three thousand (3,000) were in the Persian Gulf, and again, twelve thousand (12,000) today are serving in the Armed Forces. This equates to one (1) out of every four (4) Native Americans are military veterans.


If you are an Afghanistan or Iraq Vet Please get connected here:

Discussion Forum

A Challenge to Stop Veteran Suicide

Started by Sheilia Canada Jul 6, 2012. 0 Replies

 Since 2008, military suicides have exceeded combat deaths in Afghanistan, according to Armed Forces Medical Examiner.Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are a much publicized affair. The world knows when a helicopter goes down or people die in a…Continue

What Does It Mean to be an American Indian Veteran in Modern Times?

Started by Sheilia Canada Jul 5, 2012. 0 Replies

By:  Robert ‘BJ’ Writing Contest 3rd Place Winner Robert 'BJ' RainbowThis past Memorial Day, I logged onto my Facebook and I…Continue

Honoring Our History

Started by Sheilia Canada Jul 3, 2012. 0 Replies

Today in HistoryUnderstanding the present by honoring our past...On this day (yesterday) July 2, 1924, Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. was born.  The Ho-Chunk-Winnebago man…Continue


Started by Sheilia Canada Jun 30, 2012. 0 Replies

STOLEN VALOR ACT STRUCK DOWN BY SUPREME COURT        Stolen Valor Act of 2006 has been struck down by the Supreme Court on June 28th, 2012. Please consider contacting your congressional representatives & your veterans organizations to let them…Continue

Blackfeet Nation mourns loss of MT soldier killed in Afghanistan

Started by Sheilia Canada Apr 11, 2012. 0 Replies

Blackfeet Nation mourns loss of MT soldier killed in Afghanistan Officials with the Blackfeet Nation have issued a press release about the death of U.S. Army Specialist Antonio Burnside, who died in Afghanistan on Friday.Burnside, 31, died on…Continue

2012 March Powwow

Started by Sheilia Canada Mar 27, 2012. 0 Replies

 Flag Song Ceremony The 38th annual 2012 March Powwow was WONDERFUL!!!…Continue

Illegally taxed American Indian Vets

Started by Sheilia Canada Feb 23, 2012. 0 Replies

One More Way to Keep on Robbing Indigenous:Colonial Entities Just Keep on Owing and Owing and OwingMay 18, 2011"This story concerns all Native Americans who ever served in the U.S.Armed Forces. We were unjustly and illegally taxed by our…Continue

Spiritual traveler finds new life in journey

Started by Sheilia Canada Jan 31, 2012. 0 Replies

Spiritual traveler finds new life in journeyBY CHRIS McDANIEL - SUN STAFF WRITER2012-01-29 20:38:03Timothy “Leaf N TheWind”…Continue

Grandson Of Code-Talking Hero Speaks

Started by Sheilia Canada Jan 26, 2012. 0 Replies

Joe Martinez, tribe-designated storyteller for the World War II Comanche Code…Continue

Native Peace: Recent shares on the Group:

April 22 – Daily Feast

April 22 - Daily Feast

In the seventeen hundreds, the Natchez mother of a young chief suspected he had become involved in a conspiracy and was being used by his elders to do wrong. She said, "Open your ears and listen to me. I have always taught you not to lie." Liars are lost in a world of their own making. We have seen it glamorized in a world of make believe until the real world has difficulty telling the truth, even when there is no need to lie. Even the little white lies thought as harmless are barriers, wrongs, that stand in the way of honor. A lie, in whatever form, is deceit, and deceit is a major block to answered prayer, to friendship, to stable lives. The biggest lie of all is that lying is in any way harmless. Truth sees through the thin veil of a lie and all credibility is wiped out. But Truth stands forever.

~ I have always taught you that a liar is not worthy of being considered a man.... ~


'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


Elder's Meditation of the Day April 22

"Each creature has a medicine, so there are many medicines. Because they are so close to the Creator, they are to communicate that medicine. Then they bring help and health."

--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

The Elders say everything has a purpose and everything has a will. We should never interfere with purpose or the will of everything. Every plant, creature, animal, insect, human being has a purpose to be here on the Earth. Each has a special medicine to contribute for the good of all things. Each person also has good medicine, a special talent, a special gift. These medicines are to help others or to help make us healthy. What is your special medicine?

Creator, today, help me discover and use my medicine to serve a greater good.


By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

To be in harmony with others, we must be in tune with ourselves. This is not always a state of mind easily come by, but necessary and possible to those who truly want to put their best foot forward.

They must cultivate and recultivate the things that make peace within themselves. They must not only have faith, but they must depend upon it, drawing from it energizing joy, love, and lightness of heart. They must know and understand the moods and manners of their coworkers and express to their colleagues their happiness and enthusiasm for the good things of life.

At times everyone has fits of uncertainty concerning their way of life. And it is gratifying to have someone capable of lifting us out of the blues and scattering the doldrums. But the job is mainly ours. We have to cross examine ourselves again and again to be sure there's nothing that will not contribute to our best self, or draw less than the best from others.

To be cooperative is not only beneficial to associations with others, but to our own health, peace, and happiness. Let there be peace and harmony and let it begin with me.


Available online! 'Cherokee Feast of Days'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Visit her web site to purchase the wonderful books by Joyce as gifts for yourself or for loved ones......and also for those who don't have access to the Internet:
Click Here to Buy her books at

Elder's Meditation of the Day
By White Bison, Inc., an American Indian-owned nonprofit organization. Order their many products from their web site:

April 21 – Daily Feast

April 21 - Daily Feast

Peace is like a river....Feel it, think it, see it. Peace that flows not in wild frothy turbulence but in smooth currents that will not toss the smallest boat. Think of peace that so permeates our entire being, a peace that is closer than our hands and feet, closer even than our breathing. To hi ge se s di came with great difficulty to the Cherokee. Peace on earth seems distant to almost anyone in any age, but it is still sought, and the lack of it still effects each of us personally. Stress raises our blood pressure, makes our hearts race and our ears roar with panic. We can stop right here and now and put it all down. Speak the words of old that stopped a storm, "Peace be still." It worked centuries ago and its power is still intact. Say it many times a day to stop the negative flow that intends to sweep us away.

~ I am Dekanawidah, and with the Five Nations confederate lords I plant the Tree of the Great Peace. ~


'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


Elder's Meditation of the Day April 21

"Conciliation is the key to survival. Peace is the goal."

--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

When we make decisions or experience conflict we need to look at the greater whole. The end result we want to accomplish is peace of mind. If we keep this goal in mind, we will, overall, live a happy and fulfilling life. Everything in the world is constantly changing so we should not resist this change. A good question to ask ourselves is, "Would I rather be right or happy?" If we would rather be happy, then it is easier to let the little things go. If we would rather be right, we tend to look for the WIN/LOSE.

Great Spirit, today, give me the tools to seek peace of mind.


By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

If you've ever been along in a strange place, you're bound to know how wonderful it is to have someone make you feel welcome.

Many people have the knack for being at home in whatever place they find themselves. And in this gift they find no loneliness to tug at them, but more often than not most of us feel like strangers. And in doing so we set ourselves apart, or make it sometimes questionable as to the wisdom of asking us into a friendly circle.

A friendly face and a friendly voice can make the most timid souls feel welcome. It can make them feel at home. For in the midst of many there is loneliness. Perhaps it is because our feigned look of self-sufficiency made someone question our need for help.

Many a door has opened, and many a sound friendship won when someone said, "We're glad to have you..." The very atmosphere can be charged with concern when we see others who cannot find their way. The warmth of divine love is for daily use in making someone feel welcome.

We should not forget nor fail to see the wisdom of Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."

There must be no stronger feeling in the hearts of most people than the desire to belong. To belong to something, to someone, and in a place where the feeling is warm and friendly. The most blessed children in town are the ones born and raised in the same neighborhood, who have the tightly knit sense of belonging to everyone. Suddenly these children are not just the children of their parents, but the children of everyone in the church, in school, and anywhere where there is warmth and love and peace.

War rages within so many, disallowing then any connection or any strand of love that would tie them to anything that gives them a sense of security. And when people become insecure they become demanding. And in demanding they lose the most essential part - the ability to attract love to themselves simply by loving first.

In the words of William Blake: "Love seeketh not itself to please....Not for itself hath any care....But for another gives its ease....And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."

Some of my most productive moments are not when I consider how evil the world is, but how powerful is my God.

Some of the best times are not all when I'm enjoying life, but when those I love are knowing happiness.

The highest peak of wealth comes when the joy within surpasses anything I can create out here.

The bloom of good health is felt more richly when I let it flow through me rather than swelling on the possibility of sickness.

Friendships are strongest and most true when I don't worry about giving more than I receive.

In order that others forgive me, I must also learn to forgive.

I must never forget that negative thoughts feed on fear and starve on faith.

One of the greatest mistakes I can make is to believe myself to be without friend or faith or opportunity.

These personal proverbs belong to all thinking persons who want their lives to have more meaning, know more happiness and feel more richly the love that is the medicine for the sickness of the world.


Available online! 'Cherokee Feast of Days'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Visit her web site to purchase the wonderful books by Joyce as gifts for yourself or for loved ones......and also for those who don't have access to the Internet:
Click Here to Buy her books at

Elder's Meditation of the Day
By White Bison, Inc., an American Indian-owned nonprofit organization. Order their many products from their web site:

Daily Feast April 11th

April 11 - Daily Feast

If the wind were a person, we would probably say something unpleasant about him. The more we try to ignore it, the more it seems to intrude, blowing away the cherry blossoms before we have seen them, whipping the lilacs and irises when their exquisite beauty is at its peak. But the wind is like circumstances; it serves a purpose to make the season go forward. It carries seeds of wildflowers and drops them in unexpected places to please us. It helps to unfurl the new leaves and to bring rain. Changes, like the wind, have to be endured at times. But eventually we understand and often like the results. It requires our patience - which gives us time to prepare for what is to come, the same way we have patience with what the Cherokee calls ga no le s gi, a windy person that blows and goes but means well.

~ As there is no alternative between a falsehood and a lie, they (the Cherokee) usually tell any person, you 'lie,' as a friendly negative to a reputed truth. ~


'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


Elder's Meditation of the Day April 11

"Spiritual matters are difficult to explain because you must live with them in order to fully understand them."

--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

To know something we must become one with it. We cannot know what a flower smells like until we actually smell it. Close your eyes and experience the fragrance. The Elders say there are two worlds, the Seen World and the Unseen World. To experience the Seen World we need to physically pick the flower and smell it. To experience the Unseen World we need to know about principles, laws and values; and no matter what our mind or our physical senses tell us, we must decide and act on these principles. If someone does wrong to us, we must pray for that person or persons to have peace, happiness and joy in their life. We must not get even or retaliate in any way. Only by doing this can we understand spiritual matters.

Great Spirit, give me your power whenever my weakness shows so I can live by spiritual decisions


By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Before we can share with others, we must have something to share. And all of us do have something to give. Not material things, but we can share our peace and our love and our loyalty.

Before we can share with others, there must be others with whom to share. For if we are selfish and self-centered enough, we will never have to worry about sharing anything. We will be alone.

Before we can expect others to share with us, we must be capable of accepting. We must be worthy of others who desire to share with us; we must deserve their love.

Before the two of us can ever find anything in this world of mutual interest, we must have enough concern and enough love to feel a need within to produce something good enough to offer; not only to others, but to ourselves. If we have abused our own nature with thoughts of bitterness, harboring painful experiences, self-condemnation for little progress regardless of circumstances, then we have nothing to offer.

The French philosopher Achille Poincelot once said, "Some people think that all the world should share their misfortunes, though they do not share in the sufferings of everyone else."


Available online! 'Cherokee Feast of Days'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Visit her web site to purchase the wonderful books by Joyce as gifts for yourself or for loved ones......and also for those who don't have access to the Internet:
Click Here to Buy her books at

Elder's Meditation of the Day
By White Bison, Inc., an American Indian-owned nonprofit organization. Order their many products from their web site:

December 24 – Daily Feast

December 24 - Daily Feast

O Lord, on the eve of Your birth, may all things and all humanity bow their knees to the gifts You have given and are still giving. Nothing has ever compared to what is ours through Your giving. We ask one other gift, that those who suffer and those who are bitter and unforgiving will know how to get past the seeming irony of this time and claim their greatest gift. It is not meant to go to waste - not meant to be withheld. Better than diamonds, better than gold, better than high success, this gift of life is in the throes of change. Our privilege is to change with it, to know all the mysteries - not for the sake of mystery but for its purpose, to heal, to restore, to preserve.

~ I see before me men of age and of good judgment and consider well what they do. ~


'A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II' by Joyce Sequichie Hifler


Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 24

"Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life."

--Fools Crow, LAKOTA

We are created by God to be vision people. First we set the goal and then we see. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality. If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?

Great Spirit, let my visions today be Your vision. Put within me a vision of the being you would have me be. Then help me to keep the vision in my mind.


By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Did you know that when we poke fun at someone else we're covering up our own embarrassment?

We all have shortcomings, peculiarities about ourselves that we take no pride in nor want others to know about. So, frequently we call attention to the "different" traits of others. Sometimes we believe they are not aware of their own problems, but they are. They are super conscious of them, and because of it they must escape though finding something about someone else they believe is worse than their own.

Truly wise persons are those who take their own unique qualities and build around them. Some of the most fascinating people are those who surround their unusual features with such exquisite mannerisms and beautifully developed personalities so handsomely as to make others ordinary.

It has been written by Augustine, "This is the very perfection of man, to find out his own imperfection."


Available online! 'Cherokee Feast of Days'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Visit her web site to purchase the wonderful books by Joyce as gifts for yourself or for loved ones......and also for those who don't have access to the Internet:
Click Here to Buy her books at

Elder's Meditation of the Day
By White Bison, Inc., an American Indian-owned nonprofit organization. Order their many products from their web site:

Elder's Meditation of the Day – December 20

"My pottery is the handiwork of God." - Teresita Naranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO The Great One has given every human being at least one special talent and one special gift. We need to develop and practice these gifts because they are the handiwork of God. Maybe we are artists-when people look at our work it puts joy in their hearts; maybe we are singers- when people listen to our songs, their hearts are happy; maybe we are writers of song or poetry-when people hear or read our work, it may change their lives. We need to honor ourselves and our gifts. We need to thank the Creator for our talents and our gifts." My Creator, let me use my gifts to further Your work on the Earth.

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Native American Veterans to add comments!

Comment by Chris Weber on April 9, 2011 at 8:46pm
Comment by Charles Bearfighter Reddoor on August 13, 2009 at 4:32pm
Hau Mitakolapi ( hello my friends)
Wopilatichelo tanka, Sheilia Canada ( a grea deal of thanks to Sheilia Canada)
Tanyan Maui ( walk well in your travels)
Mitakuye Oyasin ( we are all related - a form of greating and farewell

I also include my thanks to Sheilia Canada for putting this website together.
charles, Commander, John Lyons Post 3150, VFW
Arlington, VA
Comment by Slade McCalip on August 13, 2009 at 4:22pm
Haneen Awakinaga! That's Ojibway (as best as I can spell it) for hello, how are you? I'm a Mississauga from Ontario, Canada.

Thanks for putting this group together.


Members (14)


Search VFW WebCOM


  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by Policlicks

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Content found on this site, unless otherwise noted, is provided for informational and discussion purposes only and does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, its Departments, Districts or Posts.