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Native veterans: Serving Indigenous communities

A special Veterans Day program on Native novelists and a first responder

On this Veterans Day, we bring you a special program. Today we acknowledge and honor the many Native veterans who have served in the military.

All around Indian Country, we see excellence. Erika Wurth, David Weiden, Kelli Jo Ford are Native novelists. We talk with them about their careers and how they see themselves fitting in the industry.

A look at a firefighter in Tulsa who is making a difference in his community. ICT reporter Kaitlin Onawa Boysel takes us to the front lines of duty.

In the 1950s, a night watchman from a tribe in North Dakota found out that emancipation, really meant the termination of his Tribe as a legal sovereign government. Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe, won the Pulitzer prize for the words that recorded her grandfather’s deeds in her book: "The Night Watchman." 

She now lives in Minneapolis, and owns Birchbark Books, which caters to Native American authors. 

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is an anchor for Indian Country Today’s newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in South Carolina. 

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer at Indian Country Today. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to vmoniz@indiancountrytoday.com. Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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