Native Village 
Youth and Education News

November, 2012

Honoring Indigenous Veterans
American Indian Center of Indiana

Native men and women have long served in the military and veterans are honored at pow wows and gatherings through song and dance.

Below are links to recorded interviews of just a few who have served over the years. You will need Real Player to hear these, which can be downloaded for free HERE.

Additional interviews of Native Americans can be found at the Veterans History Project.



World War II

Marcella Ryan Le Beau, (Cheyenne River Sioux). Served as an Army nurse.
"I was young and I didn't know what war was... I guess in a way that was a saving grace."

Lewis Sawaquat


Korean War 

Lewis Sawaquat, (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians). Served in the Army.
"You're asking about the worst day of my life."


Vietnam Conflict

Steven L. Bobb, Sr., (Tribal Council member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). Served in the Marine Corps.
"I think not only for me, but for a lot of us here in Grand Ronde, it was just understood that you would serve your country and do your duty."



Richard Conley2






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