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American Indians in WWI

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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.”

  • Dedication Date: July 2008
  • Andrea Wilbur-Sigo
Squaxin Island Reservation
98584 Shelton
WA
USA

This memorial site is located on a forested site in-between the Elders Center and Tribal Museum. The Veterans Memorial is a small ceremonial gathering space representing Squaxin Island, the symbolic heart of the Squaxin Island Tribe who are also known as the People of the Water.

Seven water pools, representing the Tribe’s traditional lands comprised of seven watersheds in south Puget Sound, radiate out from the center space. Each water pool is a setting for a cluster of bronze paddles, each bearing the name of a veteran. A carved wood house post portal created by tribal artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo marks the entrance to the gathering space. Informal paths meander through the pools and native landscape, with benches for resting and quiet contemplation. The Veterans Committee also brought a large petroglyph boulder originally from Harstene Island, and it is now sited on the memorial grounds. Other elements include a flag plaza and interpretive displays with oral history storytelling and plant names in the Lushootseed language.

4384 WI-70
54893 Webster
WI
USA

The St. Croix Chippewa Veterans Memorial is located in the Hertel RV Park, near the St. Croix Casino in Webster, Wisconsin. The memorial is made of black granite stone. Inscribed atop the front of the memorial is the St. Croix seal. Under the seal are inscribed the individual veteran’s names. And along the bottom is an inscription which reads: “The St. Croix Chippewa Indians dedicates this memorial to honor all the men and women who served in the United States armed forces. Many chi migwetches ‘big thank you’ to you and your families.”

On the back-side of the memorial are the seals of the branches of the military, the POW-MIA logo, and an image of a spear, with a military helmet on-top, crossed with an M-16 rifle, with a ceremonial headdress on-top.

  • Dedication Date: 2002

This memorial site is dedicated to all Mohican veterans. The plaque bearing the dedication reads:

“A Memorial before the Great Spirit
to all veterans
who served – who fought – who died – who returned and carry on
Dedicated by the Mohican veterans
2002”

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
NE South Street
98392 Suquamish
WA
USA

Corner of: NE South Street & Suquamish Way NE
Port Madison Reservation, WA 98392

The Veterans Memorial was designed to honor local native and non-native individuals who have served in the armed forces. The site overlooks the Community House and has views to Mt. Rainier and the waters of Agate Pass. At its heart of the design are four House Posts carved by a local tribal artist Andrea Sigo. These House Posts welcome visitors to view the granite canoes, located on a low wall with names of local service members. The site offers the perfect context for one Suquamish myth “Sea to Sky,” the same quote that was carved in a previous Totem commissioned and located on this site during the 1960 Seattle World’s Fair.

Shelter Bay Dr.
98257 La Conner
WA
USA

This memorial is located within the Swinomish Veterans Cemetery. It is made of black granite and bears the names of WWI and WWII veterans.

This memorial is dedicated to Mathew B. Juan, a Pima Indian who enlisted under the name Mathew B. Rivers and was the first American Indian, and the first Arizonan, to be killed in World War I on May 28th, 1918, at the Battle of Cantigny, France, the first American offensive operation of the war.

  • Dedication Date: 2014
79907 El Paso
TX
USA

This memorial is located outside of the Tigua Business Center. It is a semi-circular wall bearing bricks inscribed with veterans names, branch, and years, of service. 

  • Bench
Choctaw County
OK
USA

The Tobias W. Frazier Code Talker Bridge (Raymond Gary Lake Bridge) is located on US-70.

2331 Old Tulalip Rd
98271 Tulalip
WA
USA

This memorial site consists of five grey granite memorial stones. The middle stone bears an inscription which reads: “Veterans Recognition Wall. In memory of those who have served.” Below are the various seals of the military and the image of a whale with an inscription atop it which reads: “Tulalip Tribes.” Below are inscribed two lists of names for the KIA-MIA and Gold Star Mothers.

The four other stones bear the names of Tulalip veterans.

  • Dedication Date: 01/27/1938
3219 Drake Street Rd.
14125 Oakfield
NY
USA

VFW Post 273 was established in honor of Ira Spring, a Seneca Indian from the Tonawanda Nation of Native Americans. In April 1918, Ira was accepted by the draft board and sent to Camp Dix, NJ. Two months later he deployed overseas with Company B, 147th Infantry. On August 31, 1918, news reached home that Ira was missing in action in France and confirmed killed in action a couple of day later. Ira was one of 800 Native Americans from New York state to serve in the war, and the only one killed in action.