Issues Background
Vol. 24 No. 3
Fall 2023
American Indian magazine cover featuring veterans in procession holding flags

On the Cover

On Veterans Day 2022, more than 1,700 veterans marched with their Indigenous community and family members in a procession prior to the dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.


A smiling woman holds a book, facing a semi-circle of children seated on a rock wall outdoors

Tribal nations are leading the way to self-representation in museums.

A 1950s photograph of a grey boat with teeth painted on one end carries 8 crew members on board. One crew member is holding a flare releasing red smoke.

U.S. Navy names a ship after Alaska Native veteran Solomon Atkinson, one of the first Navy SEALs.

A courtroom with people, including a judge, sitting at tables arranged in a circle

Courts are adopting Native negotiation methods to avoid antagonistic lawsuits.

Monarch butterflies in flight among evergreen trees
The migrating monarch butterfly is an intrinsic part of many Indigenous cultures, particularly those who hold Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, yet it may be at risk of disappearing.
A posted sign warning of unexploded ordnance in front of a landscape

The U.S. government took land from the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota for a World War II bombing range. Eight decades later, this tribe is still left with the perilous task of cleaning it up.

A man in uniform stands in front of a tall metal circle with a lit flame at its base
A look back at the long-awaited dedication ceremony and celebration weekend of the National Native American Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
An abstract expressionist painting in bold colors

An artist creates a legacy of vivid works with colors that propel images across canvases.

Three Native women veterans wearing blue traditional dresses with military decorations and and feather headdresses

The Kiowa Women Warriors are the first all-women Kiowa color guard-and the first to wear feathered war bonnets, a tradition long reserved for men.