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Native Veteran
All For You title
Hear a Sample of ALL FOR YOU in:
I’ll do my part
With honor in my heart
Protect you from all harm
The sacrifice is not too large

I’m no stranger
To hard work and danger
I’ve been to parts unknown
Anything to protect my home

CHORUS
All for you
All for you
All for you

BRIDGE
Uncles, Aunts, Mothers, Dads victorious
They gave their lives for ours as warriors
Warriors

Never knew your story
And all you did for me
Through your fear you were strong
Listen to my honor song

I’m free, thank you
I can sing what I want to
You made a difference in my life
I’m grateful for your sacrifice

CHORUS

Written by Arigon Starr 
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP) 
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

						
Lori Piestewa
Native veteran
ABOUT ALL FOR YOU

My aunt Susie Alford asked me to write a song for Native veterans last summer. I was initially reluctant to do this, because I didn't really understand the experience. After lots of research, which included talking one-on-one with vets, I finally "got it." I gained a lot of respect for the sacrifices all Native people have made for this country.

Still wondering why Native people serve in the military -- read John D. Berry's insightful article.

  READ MORE ABOUT IT...AAAAY!

WORLD WAR II AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN by Kenneth William Townsend and Constance Little

This book is the first full account of Native American experiences from the 1930s to 1945 and the first to offer the Indians’ perspective. It begins with their responses to the drift toward war in the 1930s, including their reactions to propaganda campaigns directed at them by Nazi sympathizers. It is also the only ethnohistory of their experiences during World War II. Included are the voices and recollections of Indian men who resisted the draft, of those who fought in Europe and the Pacific, and of Indian women on the homefront. The book is also a careful reinterpretation of John Collier’s career as commissioner of Indian affairs during the Roosevelt years. Townsend argues that Collier’s efforts to preserve traditional Native American lifeways inadvertently provided Indians the resources, training, and services necessary for assimilation in the post-war years.


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