Leaders Speak about OPERATION Iraqi Freedom

"We are taught to protect our country We ask ourselves, 'What did we call this place before the Europeans came?' Our country. Now we share our country with all the others who have come here." Cliff Qotsaquahu, Hopi. 

"Lives have been taken. It's not right. People are suffering. We are the ones with prayers and we can do something." Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone

"I really hate the thought of what is going to happen. There is unfortunately going to be some loss of life. It always happens in war. But I think Saddam Hussein and his henchmen bear the blame for that more than us." Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.           

"If President Bushís ultimatum to Saddam Hussein requires the sending of our men and women into harmís way, I hope that all America will stand united in supporting our troops." Senator Daniel K. Inouye D-Hawaii 

"I donít understand the logic, if any, behind this war movement. We are apparently going to attack Iraq for not living up to the UN resolutions demanding it disarm. But we are defying the UN just like Saddam to do it. We believe that he has weapons of mass destruction although the only evidence we have is bogus documents purporting to show him purchasing uranium from Nigeria which have been fraudulent and proven a great embarrassment to us. Meanwhile North Korea is doing everything it can to create friction in the Pacific, has an atomic program, and is developing missiles that can reach our shores ó and the only government official willing to discuss this serious situation is the Governor of New Mexico. What ever happened to the Constitution of the United States?" Vine DeLoria, author, educator

"I have a nephew in the Navy and another in the Army. I think they will end up over there (in Iraq). But I consider all the guys over there my sons and my daughters." Earl Milford, Navajo, veteran.
"Our hearts go out to those who serve this country and the families waiting for them to return from the Middle East .We pray that the conflict will be over soon and the world can begin to heal its divisions." Marcia Jones Flowers, chairwoman of the Eastern Pequot

"The Mohegan Tribe is sovereign nation but sovereign loyal to United States. Going back to Revolutionary War, the first Native American to die for the Revolution was a Mohegan, Simon Ashbow. He died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. I believe that weíre doing the right thing and I believe it will be quick. Of course youíre talking to a person whose father put in 25 years in the military and who has two brothers in the military." 

"As I watched the 7th Cavalry advance into Iraq, I had a really bad feeling in my stomach...my community is over there." Winona LaDuke from White Earth Reservation

"The war has started, and it's time to support our troops that are over there." Orlando Morrison

" I don't really care for any kind of war going on because it's just a scary thing,. I just hope it's over right away and people can come back." Wilbur Smith, Sioux 

"It seems like there's going to be a lot of hatred again ... not only with the people of America, but I think abroad. I think there's no belief or trust there, and I don't want to see hatred. That's not a good remedy, that's not good medicine." Charles Fast Horse 

"We have freedom. We need to fight for it." Army Reserve Sgt. Isha Jules, Lummi 

"We need to get the Lord's help in on this." Alice Radke

"Whether you support this war or not, now is the time for us to unify as a nation and strengthen our beliefs in our creator. We humbly ask that you pray for those soldiers on the front lines, overseas, and with homeland security, as they prepare to defend our country against further terrorists attacks. Let us not forget our Din military soldiers and Native American forefathers who have a long history of fighting for our country and Indian Nations. Native Americans proudly continue to have the highest rate per capita of military service men and women enlisted in our country's U.S. Armed Forces." Frank Dayish Jr., Navajo 

"We need to remember our troops across the ocean. Those young people are fighting for our freedom." Carolyn Dayish , Navajo.

"I see a president who wants Navajo men to join the service but who is not willing to acknowledge his responsibility to them." Verrin T. Kewenvoyouma, Navajo/Hopi

"Hopis are very reserved in talking about their combat experiences. They think, 'How can I be a good Hopi, knowing I possibly killed somebody, or did kill somebody? How can I blend the White man's military purpose with the Hopi culture?" Cliff QotsaquahuHopi 

"They didnít go in for the education or the money but the honor and respect of their people." Keith Heavyrunner, Blackfoot

"It isn't unusual for Native people to join the military. Many Native families will have more than half of their men in uniform." Richard Monette

"We are asking that you continue your prayers for all the brave men and women of the armed services and that you pray for their families as well." The family of Pfc. Lori Piestewa, Hopi, MIA in Iraq

"Indian women are what I call the invisible warrior. You don't see them." Brenda Finnicum, Lumbee, retired Army nurse 

"I have a nephew in the Navy and another in the Army. I think they will end up over there (in Iraq). But I consider all the guys over there my sons and my daughters." Earl Milford, Navajo, veteran.

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