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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 252-98
November 05, 1998

DoD Hosts Native American Ceremony

The Defense Department will recognize the military Service contributions of Native Americans and Alaska natives at a Pentagon ceremony Nov. 10, 1998. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. (EDT) in the Pentagon Auditorium, Room 5A1070.

Featured speakers include Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre and Dr. Roger "Red Hawk" Bucholz, a decorated Vietnam veteran and member of the Mdewankanton Band of the Santee Tribe of the Dakota Nation.

The ceremony will also feature ceremonial dancing by military veterans from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a special tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a key role with the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theatre of operations during World War II.

The ceremony, in honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month and Veterans Day, follows the Oct. 21 release of a new DoD policy statement on interactions with federally recognized tribes. The new policy established a foundation for developing and strengthening relationships with tribal nations through enhanced understanding and cooperation between tribal nations and the Defense Department.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski in the Directorate of Defense Information at 697-3189.

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