In years past, the Native American Student Association (NASA) has brought our community together in honor of Veteran’s Day. We collaborated with the Madison College Veteran’s club and our own connected communities to invite Veterans to Madison College for an event filled with celebration, speakers, a feast, and fellowship. While we aren’t able to gather in-person this year, we would like to continue to express our appreciation to our veterans both past and present.
Despite the complicated history between the United States government and American Indian people – Natives have proudly served in every armed conflict over the last 200 years. They have the highest enlistment and service rate per-capita than any other race or ethnicity in the country. We would like to take a moment to say “Chi-Miigwech” (a Big Thank you) to all of the individuals who have served and continue to serve our country.
To our Veterans and their families in our communities- We appreciate your sacrifices, tireless efforts, and support of our United States Armed Forces. Your dedication to our country is commendable and we would like to take a moment to honor your bravery, endurance, and distinguished service. Thank you, Miigwech, Pinagigi, Yaw^ko, Waewanen, Aniishiik to our warriors who serve and have served both home and abroad.
To our students and community members - NASA currently meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays. Please contact us through Wolfpack Connect or email us if you would like to attend!
To learn more about Native American contributions to the Unites States military and about the Native Nations of Wisconsin – please visit:
- National Native American Veterans Memorial (part of the National Museum of the American Indian)
- Native Peoples of Wisconsin (a resource for teachers and students)
- The Warrior Tradition (PBS video)
- Native Americans in the Armed Forces (article about the making of the video)