FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- A Native American Soldier from Fort Leonard Wood provided the keynote speech during the 2012 Native American Indian Heritage Month observance and luncheon Nov. 29 at the Pershing Community Center.

The speaker, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Oxendine, spoke about his upbringing and experience as a Native American in today's Army.

Assistant Principal Chief Scott BigHorse and members of the Osage Tribe from Oklahoma, including BigHorse's son and brother, provided a song and dance performance.

This year's theme was "Serving Our People, Serving Our Nations: Native Visions for Future Generations."

The event was hosted by the 14th Military Police Brigade commanded by Col. Kevin Vereen, brigade commander.