Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center sponsored an event Monday in observance of National American Indian Heritage Month.
The event is held each year to showcase American Indian culture and their contribution to the military. American Indians comprise 1.7 percent of the military population, meaning that over 22,000 are actively serving our country.
"Diversity is what makes us strong," said Colonel Paul Kreis, Brigade Commander of the 158th Infantry Brigade. "We have to understand each other. So when we put events like this together, especial today's event where we had a chance to interact, that's lasting for our soldiers."
In 1990, November was declared National American Indian Heritage Month.
"We Native Americans have served and fought for our country beside you," said Sammie Wilson, veteran and direction of Choctaw Veterans Affairs. "And we've made a great team."
The event was about more than military history. Dr. Tammy Greer, director of the Southern Miss Center for American Indian Research and Studies, shared a legend about tribes' migration into Mississippi. Traditional dances were performed and members of the audience were invited to participate.