Veterans Day—Honoring IAIA Community Members

Today, Thursday, November 11, 2021, is Veterans Day, a holiday in which we take time to celebrate and honor the duty, bravery, and sacrifice of persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Due to their commitment and love of country, we continue to enjoy the freedoms that we all treasure.  Please join me in expressing gratitude to all veterans, especially to the following members of the IAIA community, for their military service.

  • Julio Alvarez, Security Personnel, US Air Force
  • Douglas Bootes (Saponi Descendant), Adjunct Professor, US Army
  • Melanie Buchleiter, Registrar, US Marine Corp Reserves
  • Lisette Irizarry (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe), Student, US Navy
  • Alexander Kurowski (Oneida Nation), Student, US Army
  • Joseph Seymour Jr. (Squaxin Island Tribe), Student, US Marine Corps

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday,

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
IAIA President

“I’m thankful to have served my country, and having been one of two Natives on board the USS Jason Dunham, I am honored to represent the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.”
Lisette Irizarry

IAIA Student, United States Navy

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