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America's First Warriors

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America's First Warriors

Native Americans and Iraq

By Steven Clevenger (Photographer)

Museum of New Mexico Press, Hardcover, 9780890135648, 124pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2010


Native Americans have served in all of America's wars, even though they were not granted citizenship until 1924. Clevenger's photographs include those of Native American military personnel taken in Iraq, as well as images of traditional coming home ceremonies such as the War Mothers' Dance, Welcoming Home/Cleansing Ceremony, and other rituals.

Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010

Photojournalist Steven Clevenger has been covering wars for almost four decades -- from his early days in Cambodia, to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, Clevenger began documenting the role of Native American soldiers in the war in Iraq. His book is called America's First Warriors. More at

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