As Americans pause to observe Thanksgiving, they will be reminded of the first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and the Indians gathered for a meal, but how many know these Native Americans were the Wampanoags or that 6,500 members of this tribe are still alive.
If you think Native Americans have never contributed much to the USA, you might be surprised to learn that they have served this country in every war since the Revolutionary War. Statistics indicate that 44,000 Native Americans served during World War II.
Discussions are currently underway between the United States Congress and personnel from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to erect a Native American Veterans Memorial on the Washington, D.C. National Mall. During 2016, an advisory committee visited each of the twelve tribal regions to gather input relative to the design for this edifice.
Anyone who believes that one of the Indians who celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims was one of their ancestors is invited to consult Ancestry, Genealogical Research or Cherokee Indian Ancestry to put this question to rest.
The U.S. Mint has created a $1 coin to honor an invaluable group of Native Americans who were part of the Code Talkers entity whose responsibility was to intercept and interpret messages via wire service from America’s enemies during World War I and II. A group of 420 Navajo Talkers assisted American Military personnel to effectively and secretly communicate with each other around the world