Statue Honors Native American Veterans

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 10th, 2017 Blog

As reported by several news outlets in California, a statue honoring the sacrifices made by Native American veterans is currently touring the state, stopping off in several Native communities.

A 12-foot bronze sculpture, “The Gift” by A. Thomas Schomberg has been selected by the official American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) Veterans Memorial Committee, a Chumash spokesman said.


“We are pleased to host ‘The Gift’ as (committee members) make their way through California on a state-wide tour,” said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “As a tribe, it is important for us to honor our veterans and recognize them for their service to our country.”

Members of the AIAN Veterans Memorial Committee hope the statue's tour brings awareness to the need for a more permanent memorial of our veterans.

Please visit for more information on their plans for a memorial in Riverside National Cemetery and how you can donate.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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