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Native American Heritage Month

Throughout history Native Americans have fought for their country. They were involved during the War of 1812 and have continued to serve their country with courage and honor whenever and wherever it needed them.
This selected bibliography is intended for use in exploring their service.


Aaseng, Nathan. Navajo Code Talkers. New York : Walker, 1992. D810.C88 A24 1992

Bernstein, Alison R. American Indians and World War II: Toward a New Era in Indian Affairs. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991. D810.I5 B47 1991

Dunlay, Thomas W. Wolves for the Blue Soldiers : Indian Scouts and Auxiliaries with the United States Army, 1860-90. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1982. E83.866 .D86 1982

Franco, Jere. Patriotism on Trial : Native Americans in World War II. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1991. D810.I5 F72 1990

Franco, Jere Bishop. Crossing the Pond : the Native American Effort in World War II. Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 1999. D810.I5 F73 1999

Godbold, E. Stanly. Confederate Colonel and Cherokee Chief : the Life of William Holland Thomas. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, c1990. E467.1.T46 G63 1990

McClain, S. Navajo Weapon. Boulder, CO: Books Beyond Borders, Inc., 1994. D810.C88 M32 1994

Native Americans and the Military, Today and Yesterday. Ed. Nancy Anne Haynie. Fort McPherson, GA: U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs, Command Information Branch, 1984. E98.M5 N27 1984

Native American Military Heroes. Ed. Andrew H. Henderson. Patrick AFB, Fla. : Directorate of Research, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, 1998. DEOMI Heritage Series Pamphlet ; 98-3. E98.M5 N38 1998

Townsend, Kenneth William. World War II and the American Indian. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, c2000. D810.I5 T69 2000

Articles and Essays

Badkhen, Anna. "Native American Veterans Seen at Risk -; Region Lags in Efforts to Help Stress-afflicted." Boston Globe [Boston, Mass.] 17 Sep. 2007, B.1. National Newspapers (9). ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

Bender, Bryan. "In Tribes, Tug of Enlistment :Loyalty, Money Driving Indians to Enlist Loyalty, Money Drive Indians in Record Numbers. " Boston Globe [Boston, Mass.] 1 Oct. 2007, A.1. National Newspapers (9). ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"Cherokee Nation Honors A Father And Son For Their Military Service." Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C.] 29 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"Cherokee Nation Honors Military Employees." Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C.] 5 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

Goldman, John J. "The Nation; Arizona's Squaw Peak Is Renamed to Honor Soldier; The Tribute to the First Native American Woman Killed in the Iraq War Came at the Governor's Behest and with Controversy." Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles, Calif.] 19 Apr. 2003,A.17. Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

Kasindorf, Martin. "Tribes Find Common Ground in Sorrow ; Fallen Soldier Dear to Hopi, Navajo Alike." USA Todau [McLean, Va.] 7 Apr. 2003, A.10. National Newspapers (9). ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"'Making Riflemen from Mud: Restoring the Army's Culture of Irregular Warfare'." US Fed News Service, Including US State News [Washington, D.C.] 29 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"Mohegan Tribal Chief Ralph Sturges Passes at Age 88." Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C.] 5 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"National Museum of American Indian Launches Web Site Dedicated to Native Code Talkers." US Fed News Service, Including US State News [Washington, D.C.] 15 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"Native American Code Talkers Focus of New Exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum." US Fed News Service, Including US State News [Washington, D.C.] 24 Oct. 2007. Research Library. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

"Why Have so Few Americans ever Heard about Billy Walkabout?" Vietnam 1 Oct. 2007: 27. Military Module. ProQuest 31 Oct. 2007.

Internet Links

20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military
DoD publication with information on historical and current participation of Native Americans in the U.S. Military.

American Indian Library Association
Works to improve library and information services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Also publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter quarterly. Site includes links to many topics.

"The Voice of the Native American Veteran"
National Native American Veterans Association (NNAVA), the mission of the Association is to educate and assist Native American Veterans without regard to Tribal Affiliation, degree of Indian Blood, branch of the Armed Forces, or Combat Status with regard to Veteran Rights, Entitlements, and Benefits.

Native American Sites
Provides access to home pages of Native American Nations and organizations, and to other sites that provide information about American Indians. Includes sections on "Indians in the Military" and "Information on Individual Native Nations."

Navy Historical Center site, Native Americans and the U.S. Military
Provides links and information sources relating to the participation of Native Americans in the U. S. military.

The Native Warriors section of the Medal of Honor website provides information native American Medal of Honor recipients.
Provides links to the "most sincere, factual, reliable and honest' web-sites around on the subject of Native Americans. Includes links to historical documents, biographical information, and a wide range of specific topics such as Code Talkers and Native Americans in the Civil War.

A Warrior's Tradition: Contributing to Our Nation's Freedom
Concentrates on Native American involvement and contributions to the U.S. military.