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  • Dedication Date: 1922
300 E. Indian School Rd
85012 Phoenix
AZ
USA

This memorial stands in front of Memorial Hall and was built in 1922. It commemorates the students of the school who served in World War I.

The memorial is a four-sided column painted white with an electric light on top. Four cement legs reach out from the memorial. The south side of the memorial has a bronze plaque in memory of the students of the school who served in the military in World War I. The north side of the memorial bears a bronze plaque mentioning the building of Memorial Hall and “this fountain.” This indicates that the memorial at one time was a fountain, but it no longer functions as such.

The inscription on the south side of the memorial reads:

“In memory of the students of this school who enlisted in the Army and Navy during the World War.”

“Lee Rainbow – killed in action – Wallace Antone”

“Charles Laws, Hudson Lockwood, Jose Juan Chico, Pedro Nortez, Isaac Jese, Fred V. Jackson, Charley Wilsdon, Jesse Webb, Oliver Sneed, Blaine Carlisle, Calvin Atchiavit, Walter Keyes, WM T. Moore, Jose Martinez, Adolph Kinney, Ross Shaw, Joe McCarthy, Marcus Carbahal, Charles Reynolds, William Enas, Peter Moore, Harley Shipes, John H. Porter, Harry Lewis, Charles Cough James, Little Son, William Ebersol, Leon Hallian, Seth Old Man, Charley George, Lewis Carlisle, Clyde Haroo, Harview Adams, Conrado Martinez, Theodore Fierros, Joshua Morris, George Bell, Edward Johnson, Antonio Pallan, John McNary, Roy Left Hand, Frank Young Eagle, Prudence Resvoloso, William Baker, Guy Maktima, Charles Harper, Scott Eldridge, James Moses, Joseph Pallan, Webster Buffington, Maurice Alexander, Frank Stanley, Juan P. Enas, Cruze McDaniel, Stewart Lewis, Herman Soto, Mikey Tahdooahniptah, Fernando Rodriguez, Charles Cedertree, Teddie Weahkee”

The inscription on the north side of the memorial reads:

“United States Indian
Vocational training school
Established 1891”

“This fountain and building erected 1922
Charles H. Burke
Commissioner of Indian affairs”

“The Indian will become an asset or a liability as we cultivate or fail to cultivate his body, mind and soul with a view to fitting him for an honorable place in our social and economic structure.”

“The purpose of this school is to introduce Indian youth the opportunities and responsibilities of civilization and to acquaint his Caucasian brother with the sterling qualities of the Native American.”

W Riverview Rd.
74601 Ponca City
OK
USA

This memorial is located within the Ponca Tribal Cemetery. The memorial is composed of a black granite dedication stone, a large black granite wall inscribed with veteran’s names, another wall bearing the seals of the branches of the military, and three raised flags: the US flag, the Oklahoma flag, and the Ponca Tribal flag. 

31912 Little Boston Rd NE
98346 Kingston
WA
USA

Within the Port Gamble S’Klallam “House of Knowledge” there are four steel sculptures in the form of whale tales bearing the names of community members who have served in the U.S. Military. One of the whale tale sculptures tells the history of their service.

  • Dedication Date: Nov. 26, 2003
15434 K Rd.
66509 Mayetta
KS
USA

This memorial wall was erected to honor 375 Prairie Band of Potawatomi members who served in the U.S. armed forces. Included on the Memorial Wall are nine tribal members who were killed in action – one prisoner of war, Nelson Potts, World War II – 17 members who served in World War I – 95 who fought in World War II – 79 in Korea – 99 in Vietnam – and 9 in Desert Storm.

This is a unique memorial which recognizes not only Acoma veterans, but also all US veterans. 

The memorial site is composed of a marble statue of an Acoma warrior in traditional attire, an engraved arrowhead of granite bearing the seals of the Pueblo of Acoma, and the five branches of the US Armed Forces, a central granite pedestal behind the arrowhead, and two flanking granite pedestals inlaid with bronze plaques bearing the names of members of the American Legion Post 116. 

The dedication on the central granite pedestal reads: "This Memorial Dedicated to the Pueblo of Acoma Veterans/Warriors who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America With their Warrior Spirit, along with all Veterans, shared a common and undeniable goal 'To protect Acoma, and our country’s freedoms.' The Warrior – An Individual of sacrifice, loyalty, and freedom."

  • Dedication Date: Nov. 11, 2015
  • ARC Architects and KPFF Civil Engineering
2209 E 32nd St.
98404 Tacoma
WA
USA

This memorial is located outside of the parking lot of the Tribal Health Authority and Puyallup Elders Center. It was designed to serve as a sacred circle with features that emulate a river bank. The memorial site features wood carved benches re-purposed from cedar trees, new landscaping (as of 2015) including evergreen trees. The memorial’s main feature is a 50 foot long radius wall featuring eight bronze medallions, 36 inches in diameter, representing eight branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard and Air National Guard. The wall also incorporates six 25 foot tall flag poles to display the flags of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Puyallup Tribal Veterans, Canadian, United States of America, State of Washington and the POW/MIA.

  • Dedication Date: July 25, 2009
905 Whitebird St.
74363 Quapaw
OK
USA

This memorial is located outside of the Quapaw Tribal Museum. The memorial is composed of black granite and it serves to commemorate the lives of Quapaw veterans. The memorial is divided into fourteen sections: the middle-section, three left-sections, and three right-sections, all of which have front and back sides. Currently, only ten of the sections have been inscribed.

The inscription on the front of the middle-section reads: In honor of those who served our country. Beneath, are inscribed the seals of the branches of the military, and the US seal. On back of the middle-section is inscribed the Quapaw Tribal seal, and below: Dedicated July 25, 2009.

The names of Quapaw veterans are inscribed on the front and back sides of the left and right sections of the memorial.

15480 Migizi Dr.
56671 Red Lake
MN
USA

This memorial was erected on the Red Lake Nation College campus. The memorial site is made up of four large black granite stones.

The memorial stone in the front of the site bears a dedication which reads: “Welcome to the Red Lake Nation Veteran’s Memorial. Honoring all of the men and women from the Red Lake Nation who have served in the armed forces in protection of our Nation and tribe. These names include all Red Lake veterans from World War I to the present day. We honor the bravery, service, and camaraderie that unites Ogichidaag (warriors) across time and place. Dedicated on this date of August 17, 2015, from all the people of the Red Lake Nation. Veterans names are in alphabetical order, not by rank, date of service, or branch. Names added after 8-17-15 will not be in alphabetical order.”

On the memorial stone behind the front stone there are inscribed the Red Lake National seal.

The other two memorial stones, to the right and left, are inscribed with the veteran’s names.

  • Bench
McCurtain County
OK
USA

The Robert Taylor Code Talker Bridge is located on SH-3 -- about 2,300 feet north of the Little River Bridge (southbound side).

This memorial is located outside of the Sac & Fox Tribal Office complex in Reserve, Kansas, and is made of black granite. There is an inscription along the top of the monument which reads: “Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri Veterans.” There is another inscription along the bottom of the monument which reads: “All gave some, some gave all.” And the last inscription runs vertically, from top to bottom, and reads: “Lest we forget.”

The names of veterans and the branch of the military in which they served are inscribed upon the middle-section of the memorial stone.

E0925 Rd.
74079 Stroud
OK
USA

The Sac & Fox Nation memorial stands near the Sac & Fox Nation Chapel in Stroud, Oklahoma. It is made of red and grey granite. There is an inscription along the top of the memorial which reads: “wâ tâ thâ.” In the middle, there is a picture of three Sac & Fox Nation soldiers, one dressed in the tribe’s traditional regalia, and the other two dressed in contemporary US military clothing. There is another inscription along the bottom which reads: “Dedicated to the Memory of Our Warriors Past, Present, & Future.”

  • Dedication Date: 2017
Generations Park
13655 Akwesasne
NY
USA

This memorial is located within Generations Park and is dedicated to all Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal veterans. It is composed of three stone panels.

The front of panel 1 bears the seals of the five branches of military, a dedication which reads: “The Akwesasne veteran’s memorial is dedicated to all Akwesasronon who have in the past, present, and future valiantly and courageously served our country in the United States and Canadian armed forces,” and the image of an American flag.

Panel 2 bears a large inscription which reads: “Honor.”

Panel 3 bears a large inscription which reads: “Bravery.”

85256 Scottsdale
AZ
USA

This memorial plaque is dedicated to all Pima - Maricopa veterans. 

The plaque bears the seals of the Salt River Pima - Maricops Indian Community, and the five branches of military. It also bears an inscription which reads: "Veterans memorial. All are heros."

35419 State Hwy 59
74868 Seminole
OK
USA

This memorial is located within the Seminole National Cemetery. It is composed of a large concrete memorial stone which is dedicated to all Seminole veterans. The concrete memorial bears the seals of each branch of the military, and beside the memorial stands the American flag, the Seminole Nation flag, and the POW/MIA flag.

345 3rd St.
14303 Niagara Falls
NY
USA

The Seneca Nation of Indians Veterans Memorial is located outside the Seneca Office Building in Niagara Falls. It bears the names of Seneca soldiers who lost their lives in U.S. military service.

  • Dedication Date: Sept. 17, 2005

This memorial was dedicated in 2005, and it sits by the entrance of the Sequoia High School.

At the top of the memorial are the emblems of the California National Guard, United States Air Force, The United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, United States Merchant Marines. Below that is the school's seal.

Inscribed above the students names reads: "Sequoia High School students who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces."

Of the many Sequoia High School veterans, only two served in WWI. They are: “Lloyd E. Thrush, and James Lindsay Wilson”

Inscribed on the back, reads:

"Sequoia Veterans Memorial
Dedicated September 17, 2005
To the Families and Friends of
These Brave Sequoians
A Labor of Love by Dee Rowan Eva
Class of 1961."

Cemetery Rd. (Paul Washington Indian Cemetery)
97380 Siletz
OR
USA

This memorial site is located within the Paul Washington Indian Cemetery and is dedicated to Siletz veterans. The memorial site is composed of five black granite memorial stones. Those memorial stones bear the Siletz seal, the seals of the branches of the military, and the names of veterans. There is also a black granite bench in the middle of the memorial site.

  • Bench
McCurtain County
OK
USA

The Solomon Bond Louis Code Talker Bridge is located near Yanubbee Creek, north of Broken Bow.

Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park
81137 Ignacio
CO
USA

This memorial site is located within the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park. There are two particular memorials dedicated to soldiers who served in WWI: the “Tribal Wall” and the “WWI Monument.”

The Tribal Wall stands as the centerpiece of the park. Measuring 12 feet long and 10 feet high, it includes seven pieces of black and gray marble and features six military symbols, three on each side. At the top is the Southern Ute tribal seal with a starburst around it. Beneath the seal is an inscription which reads:

“Southern Ute Veterans

Grandfather creator of the heavens and earth.

We dedicate this sacred wall in honor of our brave warriors.

In the morning mist and glow of evening we shall remember their personal sacrifice and devotion to our people and country will never be forgotten.

May the winds of peace blow softly here while their proud spirits soar skyward as an eagle.

Amen.”

The center features the logo of the Southern Ute Veterans Association: a buffalo skull with the four direction colors around it. Below that are the names of the Korean veterans. On the east side of the logo are the names of Vietnam-era veterans, followed by the names of Persia Gulf-era and present veterans. The entire monument sits on a base measuring 12 feet by 2 feet It was donated by the Gaming Funds of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and set in 1996. The names on the Tribal Wall are updated every April. The Tribal Wall was created by Family Craft Memorials of Durango.

Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park
81137 Ignacio
CO
USA

This memorial site is located within the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park. There are two particular memorials dedicated to soldiers who served in WWI: the “Tribal Wall” and the “WWI Monument.”

The World War I Memorial Monument is a tablet measuring 3 feet wide by 1 feet deep by 5 feet tall. It honors the veterans who joined the military to help the government of the United States fight in World War I. One of these soldiers was Julius Cloud. He returned to become Chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe; his picture is on the monument.

The text on the monument reads:

“World War I
From warrior to soldier to always protect his people and his country.
His oath to the people of the United States of America.”