Saturday, June 10, 2017

Program about Native Americans in WWI June 17, 2017

"They Answered The Call" 
with John Brannon, Jr. 
Saturday, June 17th

A special lecture with John Brannon, Jr. about the story of the American Indian experience in World War I. 

In 1917, the United States entered into this Great War.  Many Native Americans were not yet U.S. citizens.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs encouraged tribes to send volunteers to serve in the war. Native Americans had the highest percentage of enlistments in military service. Even though they were not eligible for the draft in 1917, they were required to register for the draft.  

Many volunteered willingly to serve in the United States military.  An estimated 10,000 Native Americans served during the War. 

Native peoples in both the United States and Canada answered the call to war.  Some Natives trained for nursing service, military sharpshooting and used Native language as a pivotal reversal of allied advantage for communications against the Germans during the War. 
Join John Brannon as he discusses the accomplishments of Native peoples during the time of the Great War. This lecture is free, thanks to support from "Over There, Over Here" and New Hampshire Humanities. Light refreshments will be served.

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