Native American people serve in the military at a higher rate than any other ethnic group. During World War II, some tribes saw 70% of their able-bodied men enlist. During my time in service in the United States Navy, I served with many Native Americans who always distinguished themselves and did your community and our entire country proud. And I thank them for their service. As a former Navy Admiral, I believe we need to be accountable to Native American citizens of these United States – not only for the debt we owe them for their service today, but for the injustices throughout our nation’s history that we are still struggling to mend.
Read my opinion piece in Indian Country Today here.