Deployed and Determined: Hundreds of Veterans Expected to Support Standing Rock Sioux in December

Like a well-trained soldier, when the call for veteran support on the side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota first went out, it got straight to the point.

“First Americans have served in the Unites States Military, defending the soil of our homelands, at a greater percentage than any other group of Americans,” the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group posted on Facebook, referring to the great sacrifice Native Americans in military service have made throughout the history of this country. “There is no other people more deserving of veteran support.”

The claim isn’t far off, either. According to a Huffington Post article by Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, “American Indians serve in their country’s armed forces in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group, and they have served with distinction in every major conflict for over 200 years.”