The Purpose of First Warrior is to enlighten people about the patriotic service of Native Americans. We would like to remind the citizenry that America's Original People first defended their homeland against invaders in 1942. That Chief Joseph, Chief Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Crazy Horse and thousands of forgotten First Americans who fought to be free and equal in their own land are also American War Veterans and should be honored as such.
Ever since the first veterans' images were printed and stories written, there have been First Warrior Exhibits. The first exhibit, with only 7 images, was displayed on Veterans Day 2001 at the Federal Building in Portland, Oregon.
In 2005-2006, First Warrior was a companion exhibit with the Lewis & Clark National Bicentennial Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. Not only did the museum attract hundreds of patrons daily for the Lewis & Clark Exhibit, but First Warrior was there attracting patrons with its important message about Native Veterans.
Newspaper articles that promote and extol the exhibits also serve to educate people who have not attended the exhibits. In the future traveling exhibits in the U.S. and abroad will increase the number of people acknowledging Native American military service. We also encourage casinos belonging to Native Tribes to display small collections for their patrons.
If you have any suggestions for exhibits or would like to have an exhibit in your area, please contact us.