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As you know the VA has an agreement with certain tribal Medicine men who provide PTSD therapy.

This news is found at The Veteran's Voice-on line (Jeff Schrader et al)

"In June U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Larry Craig stood with Nez Perce veterans (from left to right) Wilford Scott (Korea and Vietnam), Pete Wilson (Vietnam) and Horace Axtell (World War II).

The newly passed benefits bill would allow tribes to apply for grants to establish veterans’ cemeteries on Native lands"

Go to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs link-

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Many Native Americans who fought for us are buried in unmarked graves.Although many fought against the US of A , they also fought for us in every war we have had-

There is a project where my ancestors lived in Massachusetts that undertook help from veterans who participated in the search for POWs and MIAs in Vietnam in order to try to find these Native American veterans so that they can properly be honored with other American vets.

They are focused on deceased Revolutionary War veterans which included many Indians on our side.

Many did receive full tribal burial and are on tribal lands- but many many more were buried along a bleak roadside after a battle.There was no written Native American lanquage during most of these early wars so therefore many Indians cannot be identified with any name on a stone or piece of wood on the grave.

Old court records I have where my Native American ancestors are documented do not show cause of death in most cases ,but their children however someone who kept these old court house records ,usually did list smallpox as cause of their death.

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