ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- A National American Indian Heritage Month observance was held here Nov. 21 in Heritage Hall with two special guests. Retired Army Maj. Jo Ann Schedler shared the history of the Mohican Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Indians from Wisconsin, and Ronnie Preston performed two dances. Preston, who resides in Milwaukee, is a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation, Arizona. Native American artifacts were on display and samples of native food were available for attendees.

National Native American Heritage Month begins Nov. 1 annually to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants. Throughout the Army's history, Native Americans have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of the nation, stated the Army's Stand-To! Web page. This year's theme is "Serving Our Nations."