Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Morongo and San Manuel Support Veteran's Memorial. Pechanga Conspicuously Absent

Congratulations and well done to the San Manuel Band and the Morongo Band for helping to fund an American Indian Veteran's Memorial, which will be built at Riverside National Cemetery.

They were among the Marines who raised the stars and stripes atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. American Indian code talkers from 13 tribes relayed critical communications using their native languages to stump the enemy in World War I and World War II.

Yet no memorial exists honoring the contributions American Indians have made to the U.S. Armed Forces. That's all set to change soon. In the final stages of approval by the federal government is an American Indian Veterans Memorial, which will be built at Riverside National Cemetery, said Brig. Gen. Stan E. Brown, U.S. Air Force, retired.

"There are more American Indians per capita serving in the military than any other group," Brown said. "They all volunteer. It's their nature as warriors."

Brown says the committee will need to raise about $3.5 million to finance the project, which includes the costs to plan, engineer and build, to fund an unveiling ceremony and to create an endowment to maintain the memorial in perpetuity.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have joined the Morongo Band of Mission Indians to help fund the memorial. Both tribes donated $250,000 to make the project a reality.

We've done some stories on Pechanga's Veterans HERE and HERE Pechanga has done a better job of casting away many of their veterans and their families.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which hijacked the Temecula Band of Luiseno Indian's federal recognition, is well known for terminating Indians from their rightful place in the tribe. Since the advent of casino gaming Pechanga's disenrollment of 230 adults from the tribe is second only to the Picayune Rancheria in the termination of Native Americans in CA.
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