Native American (American Indian and Alaskan Native) Soldiers have served in the Army with great honor, dedication and distinction, building a legacy of courage, professionalism and selfless service that will inspire generations to come.
Historically, American Indians have the highest record of military service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups. Today more than 9,000 Native Americans serve in the Total Force.
Every November the Army celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month. During this month, Army leadership encourages the entire Army family to recognize and express appreciation for the past and present contributions of Native American Soldiers, Veterans, civilians and Family members.
Pictured right: Army Navajo code talkers during WWII, front row, left to right: Roderick Red Elk, Simmons Parker, Larry Saupitty, Melvin Permansu, Willie Yackeschi, Charles Chibitty and Willington Mihecoby. Back Row, left to right: Morris Sunrise, Perry Noyebad, Ralph Wahnee, Haddon Codynah, Robert Holder, Albert Nahquaddy, Clifford Ototivo and Forrest Kassanavoid. (Not pictured: Elgin Red Elk and Anthony Tabbytite).
Army.mil: American Indians in the U.S. Army
American Indian Medal of Honor Recipients
Center for Military History: Native Americans in the U.S. Army
American Indian Heritage Foundation
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
National Indian Education Association
National Museum of the American Indian
Society of American Indian Government Employees
American Indian and Alaska Native Health
U.S. Census Bureau: Intergovernmental Affairs: Tribal Affairs — American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN)