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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, presidential proclamations have continued the observance, now called National Native American Heritage Month.

The nearly five million Native Americans across 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States hold a rich history, stretching back long before the founding of our country. In the month of November, we highlight their unique culture and their role in developing and nurturing our nation’s deep roots.

Native Americans have fought in every war since America’s beginnings and continue to serve honorably today. More than 150,000 American Indians and Alaskan natives are veterans. That they have the highest service proportion of any race or ethnicity in America is a testament to their patriotism, courage, service and sacrifice.

America honors the lives and service of Native Americans this year by dedicating the National Native Americans Veterans Memorial on Nov. 11th in Washington D.C. As we celebrate this month, let us remember that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. Differences in thought, experience, background and culture make us a stronger, more lethal military and nation.

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