More than twelve thousand American Indians served int he U.S. Armed Forces in the Great War. Interestingly, at the beginning of the war, many of these Indians were not U.S. citizens and did not enjoy the benefits of American citizenship. Douglas Cubbison and Johanna Wickman will discuss the participation of American Indians in the American Expeditionary Force and U.S. Navy, will acknowledge patriotism at Wind River Reservation prior to the declaration of war, will recognize the strong wartime support afforded by Indian reservations and nations throughout the United States, will identify the confirmed Wyoming Indians who fought in the war, and will discuss how Indian service and sacrifice influenced Indian-Government relationship following the war.
Cubbison is the Curator of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum and Wickman is an Assistant Curator. This program is held in conjunction with the monthly Albany County Historical Society meeting.