National Native American Veterans Day: Nov,7
American Indian Vet's
For six bloody hours during the 1777 Revolutionary War battle of Oriskany in New York, Tyonajanegen fought valiantly beside her husband, an American Army officer.
On horseback like her husband, Tyonajanegen fired her pistol at the British enemy and reloaded her husband's gun for him after he was shot in the wrist.
By many accounts, Tyonajanegen, a member of the Oneida Nation known by only one name, was the first American Indian woman to serve America in the military.
A first-of-its-kind national exhibit will honor her and the thousands of American Indian women who followed her into the U.S. armed services. Today, there are about 2,700 American Indian women in uniform.
These largely unsung heroes in the past, many of whom came up against not only the military's historic restrictions on women but also cultural barriers, will be in the spotlight at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va.