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    New book spotlights history of Native American soldiers
    by The Associated Press
    Native American Times - 16 February 2009
    Native American Times - New book spotlights history of Native American soldiers

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) – Harriet Goodiron says it helps families who have lost sons or daughters in the military when their children are remembered in newspaper stories and books.

    She and her husband, Paul, recently got a book that features their son, Cpl. Nathan Goodiron, who was killed in Afghanistan.

    “Warriors in Uniform: The Legacy of American Indian Heroism” was written by Herman J. Viola.

    Cpl. Goodiron, known on the Fort Berthold reservation as Young Eagle, was killed Thanksgiving Day 2006 in Afghanistan when a grenade struck his vehicle while he was on patrol. He served with the 1st Battalion of the North Dakota National Guard’s 188th Air Defense Artillery.

    Tribal officials said he was the first member of the Three Affiliated Tribes to be killed in the war on terror.

    “Warriors in Uniform” covers American Indians who have served in the military in all U.S. wars. Goodiron is featured in one chapter.

    The book was presented to the Goodirons at a Three Affiliated Tribes business council meeting last month. The Goodirons were grateful.

    “It’s so good for the ones who lost sons or daughters,” Harriet Goodiron said. “It means a lot to us because we never want them to be forgotten.

    “Our sons and daughters go over there to serve – we as families are serving too. It’s because of them we have the freedoms we have today,” she said.


    Warriors in Uniform: The Legacy of American Indian Heroism
    by Herman J. Viola (Author), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Introduction)
    Published by National Geographic, November 2008.

    Product Description:
    "Native Americans have willingly served in the U.S. military during each of this country’s wars, and their current numbers in the armed forces exceed the percentage of any other ethnic group. Their stories encompass heroism and tragedy, humor and stoicism, loyalty and conflict—all part of the riveting experience of Warriors in Uniform. This illustrated history divulges the exploits of the last Confederate general—a Cherokee—to lay down his arms...the code talkers who used tribal languages to thwart the enemy in World War II...the first Native American woman to give her life as a soldier...those serving in Iraq today...and many others. Spiritual, poignant, gripping, even shocking, it reveals how ancient traditions of war persevere and how the warrior designation is a great honor to the Native American community. Packed with first person accounts and sharing little-known insights into a culture that is still misunderstood, Warriors in Uniform is a page-turning epic and a stunning gallery of never-before-seen artifacts from personal collections. Former senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and other distinguished Native Americans have contributed to the collection. Following on the success of Native Universe and Trail to Wounded Knee, this book is already generating great interest throughout the Native American community. As the only book to cover Native American warriors from the 1700s to present, it stands out among other titles on the market."

    About the Author:
    "Herman J. Viola is a longstanding author, educator, and curator. A former director at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, he was the driving force in founding the museum’s National Anthropological Archives, which kept the first Native American records. He has written more than a dozen history books on Native Americans, on America during the time of Columbus, and on war."

    Product Description and About the Author taken from: Warriors in Uniform: The Legacy of American Indian Heroism: Herman J. Viola, Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Books


    Contributors to the book include:
    Master Gunnery Sgt. Vernon Tsoodle (Kiowa), USMC
    Lt. Col. Mark Smith, USMC
    Master Sgt. Johan Charles Boers, USA
    Joseph Medicine Crow (Crow)
    Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota)
    Carson Walks Over Ice (Crow)
    Suzan S. Harjo (Muscogee Creek/Cheyenne)


    The introduction of “Warriors in Uniform” is written by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), the following is an excerpt:

    “The bond between Indian nations and the U.S. military has been and remains strong. Moreover, warriors do not need to be drafted: they step forward when duty calls. … And thanks to this book, their 200 years of selfless patriotism, loyalty and sacrifice to our country has finally been recognized and acknowledged.”

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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