Yellow Bird: Ghosts haunt Standing Rock veteran
"Honoring our military men and women - our warriors and protectors - goes without saying on most American Indian reservations. There are few tribes that don't have some kind of Veterans Day celebration, usually including a powwow or ceremony.

Honoring our military is part of Indian culture. But that part of the culture can carry with it emotional scars of war. Death walked beside these soldiers day after day. I know, I saw that in the eyes of my brother, Glen, who fought in Vietnam. He was wounded and returned home, but the war never left his spirit.

In my conversation Tuesday with Elliott Rhodes, a Lakota veteran from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation at Fort Yates, N.D., I knew that he, too, felt the ghosts of war follow him. “I can't forget,” he said. “I can't get rid of it (the Vietnam War).”

His classmates from Standing Rock, his buddies and fellow soldiers killed in that faraway land, left a mark on his soul."

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Dorreen Yellow Bird: N.D. veteran remains haunted by ghosts of war (The Grand Forks Herald 1/7)
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