Patriot Nations Exhibit at Fort Snelling: General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces in the South Pacific, on an inspection trip of American battle fronts, late 1943. From left: Staff Sergeant Virgil Brown (Pima), First Sergeant Virgil F. Howell (Pawnee), Staff Sergeant Alvin J. Vilcan (Chitimacha), General MacArthur, Sergeant Byron L. Tsingine (Diné [Navajo]), Sergeant Larry Dekin (Diné [Navajo]). U.S. Army Signal Corps.

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Patriot Nations Exhibit at Fort Snelling: General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces in the South Pacific, on an inspection trip of American battle fronts, late 1943. From left: Staff Sergeant Virgil Brown (Pima), First Sergeant Virgil F. Howell (Pawnee), Staff Sergeant Alvin J. Vilcan (Chitimacha), General MacArthur, Sergeant Byron L. Tsingine (Diné [Navajo]), Sergeant Larry Dekin (Diné [Navajo]). U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Patriot Nations Exhibit Honoring Native American Armed Forces Opening at Fort Snelling

Native Americans get in free at the Patriot Nations Exhibit honoring the service of Native American veterans

The national landmark Historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota, which was built in the 1820’s and now serves to teach the military histories of the Civil War, World Wars, the U.S. and Dakota War of 1862 and more—will host an new exhibit titled Patriot Nations which honors the military service of Native Americans.

The exhibit will be on display Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017,  and will be  presented in 18 full-color banners, including additional content developed by Minnesota Historical Society about the efforts of American Indian veterans from Minnesota. Admission for Native American guests is waived.

“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” will tell the history of the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces will highlight how Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East. It will also demonstrate that Native Americans and Alaska Natives are serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.

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“Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” is produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and was made possible through support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

For more information about Historic Fort Snelling or the Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces exhibit, click here.

About Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling is originally an 1820s Army outpost created to protect U.S. interests in the fur trade, the fort and surrounding buildings were later used for military training from the Civil War through World War II. Human history in the area dates back at least 10,000 years. Historic Fort Snelling is Minnesota’s first National Historic Landmark.

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