Today I stand with my ancestors on Memorial Day
Excellent. Thank you.
My intention is deliberate when I share that I don’t believe when we as Indigenous people serve in the armed forces that we are fighting for “freedom”. I believe we are giving up our rights as members of our nations when we serve.
Now this could be tricky and may upset people who disagree with me. I understand its a sensitive issue. I have members from my family who served and it’s an ongoing discussion, does an Indigenous person today have to serve in the armed services to be a warrior?
I challenge readers to think about how Indigenous veterans are honored and taken care of post service. If a person served in a war, lets look at the health services they are provided. Huge sacrifice given that its minimal and most often includes a life long ailment. The sacrifice is beyond repairable and one the individual lives with. Often…
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