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Country Singer Lacy J. Dalton to Play Benefit for Native American Vietnam Veterans Statue

Country singer Lacy J. Dalton will play a benefit to support the construction of a statue memorializing Native American Vietnam veterans.
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Lacy J. Dalton will play a concert on September 29 in Reno, Nevada, to benefit a movement that seeks to have an American Indian statue added to the Vietnam Memorial. Known for such top-10 country hits as "Takin' It Easy," "Everybody Makes Mistakes," and "16th Avenue," Dalton will perform two shows, one at 5:30 PM and another at 8:30 PM, at Reno Tahoe Comedy, located inside the Pioneer Underground on 100 South Virginia St—for more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

The show will be emceed by actor and veterans activist Robert Primeaux, Lakota, and will benefit the American Indian Veterans Memorial Initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Florida Seminole Tribe. (Television audiences may remember Primeaux as "Indian Bob," a friend of Gary Busey's who made an appearance on Celebrity Wife Swap.) The initiative seeks to build a statue of an American Indian along the Vietnam Walkway near the Vietnam Wall on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The famous statue called The Three Soldiers by Frederick Hart depicts servicemen who are caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic, but does not include a Native American. You can learn more at the official AIVMI website.

Cherokee Nation Natural Resources Director Pat Gwin discusses a plant with Cathy Monholland, tribal history and cultural curriculum specialist, in preparation for Cherokee Nation’s second annual Ethnobotany Conference. The conference will be held May 24-25. (Courtesy of Cherokee Nation)

Cherokee Nation Natural Resources Director Pat Gwin discusses a plant with Cathy Monholland, tribal history and cultural curriculum specialist, in preparation for Cherokee Nation’s second annual Ethnobotany Conference. The conference will be held May 24-25. (Courtesy of Cherokee Nation)

Also performing will be Dr. Dave Kempannin, who will play traditional Ojibway drum music, and Elmer Atlookan, Ojipway, who will play the Native American flute.