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July 25, 2013

Native American Veterans’ Memorial amendments get hearing

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WASHINGTON —

“The Native American Veterans’ Memorial is important because Native Americans serve at a higher rate than any other racial group in this country, and we serve in the Navy more than any other branch,” Crittenden told the subcommittee.  “Throughout the centuries, many fine young Native men and women have served.  To all of them, through the generations, we owe a debt of gratitude.”
Crittenden testified that the Cherokee Nation has invested $1.6 million in building its own Veterans Center and set aside time each month during Tribal Council to honor three men or women with a Warrior Award.
“Recently, upon receiving this award, a veteran told me it has been 44 years since he had served,” Crittenden said.  “No one outside his family had thanked him.  Honoring and taking care of the very people who keep us free is our way of showing appreciation where it is deserved.”
Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) thanked Mullin for introducing the legislation and told the subcommittee the legislation will provide a broader avenue of fundraising sources for the memorial and allow the NCAI and the National Museum of the American Indian to partner together to make the memorial a reality. 

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