Research compiled by: Ziggy I., Tyreek C., Jordan W.
Native Americans have a long and rich history of service in the United States military. In the modern era Native Americans have seen duty in every U.S. conflict from World War I to the current engagement in Afghanistan. A variety of factors pulled indigenous veterans towards service, including cultural, educational, and economic factors. Although they have represented a relatively small percentage of the U.S. population, they have served in comparatively large numbers. Despite their impressive record of service, the modern history of Native Americans in the U.S. military remains relatively hidden. In popular memory Indigenous servicemen are remembered as code talkers, yet they have played various roles in the military. There are also few stories and no monuments attesting to their sacrifice. In Omaha specifically and Nebraska generally the story of Indigenous servicemen remains a truly invisible history.