Kevin Abourezk: Ceremony honors tribal veterans

"Those who understood his sacrifice showered Lt. Col. Tom Brewer with a plaque and an eagle feather when he returned from Afghanistan in 2004, seven bullet wounds to his body.

Brewer, an Oglala Lakota, considers the gifts from the Lincoln Indian Center as among his most prized possessions.

They symbolize the pride Native people have in their veterans, a pride born from generations of service, he said.

“It is right that we honor our veterans,” he told an audience at the state Capitol on Thursday that included many Native veterans. “It’s too bad that we set aside only one day a year to do that.”

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs paid tribute to Nebraska’s Native veterans in a solemn ceremony on the Capitol’s 14th floor beneath a mural of Ponca Chief Standing Bear"

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Ceremony honors tribal veterans Thursday (The Lincoln Journal Star 11/7)