Honoring Native American veterans
There are over 150,000 veterans who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, and more than 14,000 active-duty service members who identify as American Indian, according to reports from the federal departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.
This hour, we celebrate our Native American veterans. Eastern Pequot Tribal Councilor and U.S. Army Sgt. Valerie Gambrell shares her story.
Councilor Gambrell will be honored at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center's annual Veterans Powwow this weekend. We'll preview the event with Wayne Reels and Robert Hayward and discuss the history of Native American veterans in our state. You can register to attend the Powwow here.
Plus, Alexandra Harris joins us from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She co-authored a recent book and exhibit titled, Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces.
- Valerie Gambrell: Councilor, Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation; Sergeant, U.S. Army
- Alexandra Harris: Senior Editor, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian; Co-Author, Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces
- Wayne Reels: Cultural Resources Director, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center; Member, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
- Robert Hayward: Director of Marketing, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center; Member, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation