SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 2018 | 12:00pm

Opening - Native American Veterans Exhibit

Amphitheater of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Angel Fire, NM

The Opening of the Native American Veterans Exhibit at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM, will be hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veteran’s Services. The exhibit honors Native American Veterans of all eras who have served the United States. The exhibit explores the untold stories of Native peoples’ contributions, as the highest percentage of any race of people – per capita – to serve in the U.S. military. The exhibit will include bios, personal effects, personal accounts and stories.


TyAnn Nakai, a 13 year veteran of the US Marine Corps and US Air Force, will be overseeing the exhibit, which she sees as part of her healing vision to show love and gratitude for those Native American warriors and veterans often overlooked and forgotten. TyAnn was the group leader of the New Mexican Native American Veterans for Standing Rock, including the descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers, and various other Native American tribes.


Speaking at the Opening, with Ms TyAnn Nakai, will be Lt Col (Ret) Chuck Howe, Mayor Pro-Tem of Angel Fire, President of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation, and President of the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center.


Joining the speakers at the event are Ryan Begay (USAF Veteran, Actor: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”, “Breaking Bad”, Videographer/Photographer), Teddy Draper III (Marine Recon Veteran, Artist & Certified Personal Trainer, Son of Late Navajo Code talker Teddy Draper Sr.), and Wes Studi (Actor and Vietnam Veteran).


The opening ceremony will include appearances by Jack R. Fox, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, and  Suzette Shije, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Indian Affairs. Also appearing will be Nancy De Santis (Co-Founder and Programs Director of Horses for Heroes, Cowboy Up), and Kelly Noble Zunie, representing “Military Families” who will be joining the Native American Veterans gathered to show their support.


Music for the opening ceremony will include blessings and songs by NAC recording artist Eldridge Etsitty & Reanetta Etsitty to honor and soothe the souls of those warriors in attendance and those who never made it home.


A luncheon of Native Tacos (Fry Bread Tacos) will be served.