Mesa College Warrior Symposium
By Roy Cook
The Warrior Symposium event was Friday at Mesa College, November 3, 2006. Many, in attendance, felt we accomplished our goal of this event to recognize the Mesa College American Indian Warriors academic achievement and honorable military service to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
On behalf of the American Indian Warriors Association, AIWA, we thank the Mesa College President Rita Cepeda Ed. and the organizing committee for their support and the opportunity to share an insight into the American Indian Warrior tradition and tribal culture. There are over 200,00 Native American military veterans today. It is well documented that historically Native Americans have the highest record of service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups.
More than 12,000
Native Americans served during World War I, though they weren't official
- 2,985 Eskimo - 98 Aleut - 79 = 3,162
The reasons behind this amazing contribution are complex and deeply rooted in traditional American Indian culture. In many respects, Native Americans are no different from others who volunteer for military service. They do, however, have distinctive cultural values that drive them to serve their country. One such value is the warrior tradition. In part, the warrior tradition is a willingness to engage the enemy in battle. This characteristic has been clearly demonstrated by the courageous deeds of Native Americans in combat. However, the warrior tradition is best exemplified by the following qualities inherent to most Native American societies: courage, respect, generosity and wisdom.
The Warriors Symposium speakers: Karen Shonfeld-Smith, Veterans Center and Scott Langhoff, United Veterans Council of San Diego presented timely and well-focused information beneficial to Veterans and their families. We, at AIWA, look forward to the next opportunity to share points of view, music, and song and dance.
For all our relations.