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Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and teachings, which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.


Ah key chee ta-keyn-we cha you oh nee huh pay =
HONOR THE VETERANS!
(Lakota)

Almighty, Everlasting God, the Protector of all those who put their trust in Thee: hear our prayers in behalf of Thy servants who sail their vessels beneath the seas.

We beseech Thee to keep in Thy sustaining care all who are in submarines, that they may be delivered from the hidden dangers of the deep.

Grant them courage, and a devotion to fulfill their duties, that they may better serve Thee and their native land.

Though acquainted with the depths of the ocean, deliver them from the depths of despair and the dark hours of the absence of friendliness and grant them a good ship's spirit.

Bless all their kindred and loved ones from whom they are separated.

When they surface their ships, may they praise Thee for Thou art there as well as in the deep.

Fill them with Thy Spirit that they may be sure in their reckonings, unwavering in duty, high in purpose, and upholding the honor of their nation.

Amen

the submariner's prayer -
author unknown


Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learnings which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.


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On November 16, 1999, the Native American Council of the Bay Pines Florida VARO/VAMC presented a program for Native American Day celebrating the Native American month of November. The theme of the event was, "1999 the Year of the Native American, Honoring Native American Veterans." In conjunction with the event, a lakeside living memorial was dedicated with a tree planting ceremony officiated by June Two Rivers. The four directions of the memorial were represented with Native Americans of Mohawk, Cherokee, Lakota, and Apache descent, who assisted in the planting of the tree. There is a standing invitation to all nations to place a stone at the memorial in honor of their veterans. The first stone placed at the site was from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The main event, which was held on the grounds of the Regional Office, began with the Posting of the Colors by the Seminole Tribe Color Guard, led by Stephen Bowers. Rick Bird and the Bird Chopper Family Drum, played the Honor Song, the Flag Song, and the Veteran Song. All veterans were invited to participate in the circle as the songs were played in their honor. Opening remarks were made by Mr. Dan Weise, Assistant to the Director of the Regional Office, followed by Mr. Thomas Weaver, Director of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center. Other entertainment included Kenneth Red Hawk’s music and dancing, and dancing demonstrations by Ed WindDancer and Lance Jamison. Many Native Americans, veterans, and employees came together for the first time to celebrate on a day which was blessed with blue skies, good ethnic food, and the presence of a bald eagle and hawk soaring above.

Many thanks to Anthony & Gabe Lavelle for the Design and Building of our Four Directions Memorial.


Kenneth Red Hawk * Ed WindDancer * Lance Jamison * Denise Little Soaring Hawk
(Denise is the Committee Chairperson for the Bay Pines Native American Council)


Seminole Tribe Color Guard
Steven Bowers, Charles Billie Hires, Clyde Tiger


Four Directions Memorial


Partial Recent Chronology of Important First Nations' Military Events

  • 1918 - Iroquois Indians declare war on Germany. Since they were not included in the 1919 Peace Treaty, they simply renewed their Declaration of War in 1941 and included Italy and Japan.
  • 1919 - Indian soldiers and sailors receive citizenship.
  • 1924 -The Snyder Act grants full citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 1938 -Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) estimates number of potential registrants for a draft in case of war.
  • 1939 - BIA updates male Indian age groups.
  • Jun 1940-The Navajo tribe announces that any un-American activity among its people will be dealt with severely.
  • Aug 1940- BIA Commissioner John Collier meets with Selective Service representatives to determine how to register Indians. Sep 1940- Congress passes Selective Service Act.
  • Oct 1940 - Congress passes Nationalities Act granting citizenship to all Native Americans without impairing tribal authority.
  • For the first time, American Indians register for the draft.
  • Jan 1941- The Fourth Signal Company recruits thirty Oklahoma Comanche Indians to be part of a special Signal Corps Detachment.
  • Oct 1940- The armed forces have inducted 1,785 Native Americans.
  • Dec 1941- There are 5,000 Native Americans in the armed forces when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor.
  • Jan 1942 - Accordingto Selective Service of ficials, 99 percent of all eligible Native Americans had registered for the draft.
  • This ration set the national standard for the nation.
  • Jan 1942 - The Navajo Tribal Council calls a special convention to dramatize their support for the war effort; 50,000 attend.
  • Jul 1942 - The Six Nations (Mohawks, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, 1942 and Iroquois) declare war on the Axis Powers.
  • 1942-1943- The Ammy Air Corps runs a literacy program in Atlantic City, N.J., for native Americans who could not meet military literacy standards.
  • Apr 1943- Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes announces that Indians have bought $12.6 million in war bonds.
  • 1944 - Over 46,000 Indian men and women have left their reservations for defense-related jobs.
  • Nov 1944- Fifty tribes establish the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Denver, Colorado.
  • Jan 1945- John Collier resigns as Indian Commissioner after years of political controversy.
  • 1946- The Truman Commissionon Civil Right surges more humanitarian consideration for Native Amencans.
  • -Indian Claims Commission Act created by Congress to adjudicate Indian land claims in the aftermath of WWII.
  • 1947 - Army Indian Scouts discontinued as a separate element of the U.S. armed forces.
  • They had last been used on border patrol duties.
  • 1957 - Utah becomes the last state to permit Indians to vote.



 
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