The Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council presented a special gift to Paul and Harriet Good Iron of Mandaree, the parents of the late Cpl. Nathan Good Iron who was killed in action while serving in the U.S. Army National Guard in the war in Qarabagh, Afghanistan in November 2006.
The gift was a book which features Good Iron in chapter seven titled, “Warriors in Uniform: the Legacy of American Indian Heroism” by Herman J. Viola, and was published by National Geographic and released in 2008. Viola is a consultant to the National Museum of the American Indian, a teacher and a lecturer. He is known for prominent publications including “Ben Nighthorse Campbell: American Warrior and Little Bighorn Remembered.”
Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Marcus D. Levings, happened to come across the book and the two-page photo featuring Good Iron during his visit to NMAI the day before the Presidential Inaugural Ceremony for President Barack Obama.
Levings said he was compelled to share the book with the family of Good Iron, and purchased a copy for his family. Levings then arranged for a special gift presentation upon his return from Washington, D.C. Good Iron’s mother and father said they were unaware of the book and were thankful to the chairman and the Tribal Business Council for thinking of their son and their family while they were on their travels participating in the inaugural activities in Washington.
“It’s been two years since we lost our son,” said Harriet Good Iron. “We want to thank all of you for everything you have done for our family, and it also means a lot to us that you still think about our son and his service to our country.”
The introduction of “Warriors in Uniform” is written by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), the following is an excerpt:
“The bond between Indian nations and the U.S. military has been and remains strong. Moreover, warriors do not need to be drafted: they step forward when duty calls. … And thanks to this book, their 200 years of selfless patriotism, loyalty and sacrifice to our country has finally been recognized and acknowledged.”
“Warriors in Uniform” is now on sale in most major bookstores across the country.