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Office of Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07)

Ahead of Memorial Day, Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) introduced a resolution to honor and recognize the military service and contributions of Native American veterans. Native American veterans have served with distinction in the United States military in every major conflict for over 200 years.

The resolution can be found here.

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Representative Gallego released the following statement:

“American Indians and Alaska Natives have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our country, serving in our Armed Forces at higher rates than any other demographic group despite the harm Indigenous communities have suffered at the hands of the federal government since our nation’s founding.

“I fought alongside Native service members throughout my time in Iraq. I am proud to introduce this resolution this Memorial Day to recognize and honor Native American veterans’ incredible bravery, patriotism, and sacrifice in service to our nation.”

Representative Gallego is a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq. He serves as Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.