The Book

The cover of the book “Why We Serve” featuring two airman, wearing headdresses, in front of a plane

Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces chronicles the generations of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who have served in the United States Armed Forces during every military conflict since the country's founding. Created in conjunction with the dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., this exhibition honors the diversity of Indigenous people and the complexity of their experiences. In doing so, it challenges stereotypes commonly applied to Native service members and pays tribute to the men and women whose contributions have shaped America's wars—and the country's history.

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