FORT HOOD, Texas -- Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center recently celebrated the rich heritage of Native American Indians during November's Native American Indian Heritage Month, which honors the country's original inhabitants and their storied culture, struggles and triumphs. Guest of honor for the Nov. 30 celebration were tribal members from the Great Promise for American Indians who demonstrated their Native American Indian culture. This year's theme was "Serving Our Nations.

The purpose of the Great Promise for American Indians group is educating the public about American Indians and their many cultures, dispelling myths about American Indians, supporting the health and education needs of American Indian youth and their families. The group, based out of Austin, sponsors monthly Native American craft projects and sponsors the annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival.

Throughout history, Native Americans have served in the nation's military with great courage and distinction. Today, more than 4,000 Soldiers of American Indian or Alaska Native descent serve in the Army. Twenty-four Native Americans have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to the nation.