“Heaven never helps the men who will not act.”
The contributions that Native Americans have made to America cannot be weighed; when we think back to the very founding of this nation we will find noble Native Americans at the heart of freedom.
We need look no further than the great Crispus Attucks. Crispus Attucks was of Native American and African heritage; his mother, Nanny Peterattucks a Natick Native American married an African hence Crispus Attucks was born.
Crispus Attucks was the first American to die for the freedom of America during the American Revolution. Upon the shedding of his blood Americans across the land picked up arms and fought the British Empire.
Crispuss Attucks is just one of many heroes of Native American heritage.
Native Americans are still striving for the ethos of their elders; there is a constant challenge to keep tribal identity. The worst crime that can befall a people is a loss of their ancestral language and the essence of one’s noble heritage. The important history of Native Americans has never been fully examined, recorded, or shared in scope in American history books, art, schools, across America.
I was quite taken aback to learn during World War I a great number of Native Americans joined the armed forces. Twenty thousand Native Americans served in the military; twice the average for the nation, served honorably. At the end of the war many Native American Veterans were still denied the right to full citizenship; this slight would not go unchecked by Native American Veterans.
They spoke out with a loud and clear voice:
“We demand full citizenship,we fought and died in this war, all we ask is full citizenship.”
–Native American Veterans
In 1919 the nation recognized the great contributions of Native Americans during World War I and granted citizenship to those who were honorably discharged.
Full citizenship to all Native Americans was finally granted in 1924 by legislation passed by congress. The great contributions of Native Americans are many and there are many heroes to learn of.
U.S. Paratroopers of World War II saw the 1940 movie “GERONIMO” the night before mass training jumps and as they fell from the sky they all shouted proudly, GERONIMO!
On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 over 2,000 Veterans will join in the protest at Standing Rock.
What the world will see is an important landmark event, actually, history being made right before our very eyes.
NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS ANSWER THE CALL ONCE MORE!