LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As the nation takes time to recognize our veterans this month, Indiana Veterans Home is highlighting one underrepresented group. IVH hosted the second annual Native American Indian Veterans Ceremony Saturday afternoon.
The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission awarded dozens of veterans with a coin. It represents unity among past and present soldiers.
This month is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month. INAIAC Director MeLissa Williams said they honored veterans from at least 25 different tribes.
“We wanted to honor the Native Americans that live here who have fought not only for our country but for their nation, their tribal nations as well as the state of Indiana,” said Williams.
A big focus was specifically on women Native American veterans. Tribal Chairman, Matthew Wesaw with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi said it's important to individually recognize soldiers and their bravery.
“To be able to identify from time to time specific groups, I think it's critically important because a lot of people don't get recognized for what they do and to be able to give them that recognition. To know that they’re service did not go unnoticed,” said Wesaw.
INAIAC is a group under the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.