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In November of each year, the Army celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month and recognizes the accomplishments of this country’s original inhabitants, explorers and settlers. Throughout our Army’s 237-year history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation.

American Indians have a distinguished legacy in our Army – from the courage displayed as scouts with the U.S. Cavalry, to the distinguished service rendered as code talkers in World War II, to the true warrior spirit and acts of heroism shown in our brave Soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world today. We are very proud of the lasting contributions American Indians continue to make as Soldiers, civilians, veterans and Family members that keep our Army strong.

We give our thanks and gratitude for the past and present sacrifices American Indian Soldiers and civilians have made to the success of our nation and our Army. During American Indian Heritage Month, we encourage our entire Army Family to publicly commemorate these contributions that help make our Army what it is today – the premiere fighting force in the world.

Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler,

Sergeant Major of the Army

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Army Chief of Staff

John M. McHugh

Secretary of the Army