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Squaxin Island Reservation Veterans Memorialloupe
Squaxin Island Reservation
July 2008
Andrea Wilbur-Sigo

This memorial site is located on a forested site in-between the Elders Center and Tribal Museum. The Veterans Memorial is a small ceremonial gathering space representing Squaxin Island, the symbolic heart of the Squaxin Island Tribe who are also known as the People of the Water.

Seven water pools, representing the Tribe’s traditional lands comprised of seven watersheds in south Puget Sound, radiate out from the center space. Each water pool is a setting for a cluster of bronze paddles, each bearing the name of a veteran. A carved wood house post portal created by tribal artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo marks the entrance to the gathering space. Informal paths meander through the pools and native landscape, with benches for resting and quiet contemplation. The Veterans Committee also brought a large petroglyph boulder originally from Harstene Island, and it is now sited on the memorial grounds. Other elements include a flag plaza and interpretive displays with oral history storytelling and plant names in the Lushootseed language.

St. Croix Chippewa Veterans Memorialloupe
4384 WI-70

The St. Croix Chippewa Veterans Memorial is located in the Hertel RV Park, near the St. Croix Casino in Webster, Wisconsin. The memorial is made of black granite stone. Inscribed atop the front of the memorial is the St. Croix seal. Under the seal are inscribed the individual veteran’s names. And along the bottom is an inscription which reads: “The St. Croix Chippewa Indians dedicates this memorial to honor all the men and women who served in the United States armed forces. Many chi migwetches ‘big thank you’ to you and your families.”

On the back-side of the memorial are the seals of the branches of the military, the POW-MIA logo, and an image of a spear, with a military helmet on-top, crossed with an M-16 rifle, with a ceremonial headdress on-top.

Stockbridge Munsee Mohicans Veteran’s Memorial loupe
W12635 County Road A

This memorial site is dedicated to all Mohican veterans. The plaque bearing the dedication reads:

“A Memorial before the Great Spirit
to all veterans
who served – who fought – who died – who returned and carry on
Dedicated by the Mohican veterans

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Suquamish Veterans Memorialloupe
NE South Street

Corner of: NE South Street & Suquamish Way NE
Port Madison Reservation, WA 98392

The Veterans Memorial was designed to honor local native and non-native individuals who have served in the armed forces. The site overlooks the Community House and has views to Mt. Rainier and the waters of Agate Pass. At its heart of the design are four House Posts carved by a local tribal artist Andrea Sigo. These House Posts welcome visitors to view the granite canoes, located on a low wall with names of local service members. The site offers the perfect context for one Suquamish myth “Sea to Sky,” the same quote that was carved in a previous Totem commissioned and located on this site during the 1960 Seattle World’s Fair.

Swinomish Veterans Cemetery Memorialloupe
Shelter Bay Dr.
La Conner

This memorial is located within the Swinomish Veterans Cemetery. It is made of black granite and bears the names of WWI and WWII veterans.

The Mathew B. Juan • Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Parkloupe
Voak Dr.

This memorial is dedicated to Mathew B. Juan, a Pima Indian who enlisted under the name Mathew B. Rivers and was the first American Indian, and the first Arizonan, to be killed in World War I on May 28th, 1918, at the Battle of Cantigny, France, the first American offensive operation of the war.

Tigua Armed Forces and Veterans Memorialloupe
El Paso

This memorial is located outside of the Tigua Business Center. It is a semi-circular wall bearing bricks inscribed with veterans names, branch, and years, of service. 

Tobias W. Frazier Code Talker Bridgeloupe
Choctaw County

The Tobias W. Frazier Code Talker Bridge (Raymond Gary Lake Bridge) is located on US-70.

Tulalip Veterans Memorialloupe
2331 Old Tulalip Rd

This memorial site consists of five grey granite memorial stones. The middle stone bears an inscription which reads: “Veterans Recognition Wall. In memory of those who have served.” Below are the various seals of the military and the image of a whale with an inscription atop it which reads: “Tulalip Tribes.” Below are inscribed two lists of names for the KIA-MIA and Gold Star Mothers.

The four other stones bear the names of Tulalip veterans.

VFW Post 273 Ira Spring Postloupe
3219 Drake Street Rd.

VFW Post 273 was established in honor of Ira Spring, a Seneca Indian from the Tonawanda Nation of Native Americans. In April 1918, Ira was accepted by the draft board and sent to Camp Dix, NJ. Two months later he deployed overseas with Company B, 147th Infantry. On August 31, 1918, news reached home that Ira was missing in action in France and confirmed killed in action a couple of day later. Ira was one of 800 Native Americans from New York state to serve in the war, and the only one killed in action.


American Indians in WWI Centennial Commission

Contact: Erin Fehr [email protected]

American Indians in World War I was created by the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Contributors: Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr. and Erin Fehr

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