The Oneida Indian Nation
Oneida Members have proudly served as members of the military not only on behalf of their Nation, but on behalf of the United States of America. From the bloody battlefield at Oriskany during the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in Iraq, Oneidas have stepped up to the challenge of protecting democracy and promoting peace.
“I often wish that I could look back through time and hear the words of my ancestors as they sat around the council fires deliberating on whether to join the colonists in battle,” Keller George, Wolf Clan Council Member, said. George is retired from the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict. “I wish I could listen to the wisdom of their arguments to join the United States and become its first allies.”
“The Oneida Nation has a legacy of supporting the United States. I like to think that if it were not for our help (during the Revolutionary War), we might not be able to celebrate the victory we had (over England),” George said. He added that the Oneida’s contribution was acknowledged by the Continental Congress in December 1777.
“I believe veterans should have a place of honor in the Oneida nation,” Clint Hill, Turtle Clan Council Member, himself a veteran of the Marine Corps, added. “We have fought for over 200 years to keep the land free for the United States and our own Nation.”
See also: The American Revolution Center
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