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Veterans encircle the Warrior/Veterans Wall of Remembrance at Eagle Circle during a victory song Wednesday. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)

Veterans encircle the Warrior/Veterans Wall of Remembrance at Eagle Circle during a victory song Wednesday. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)

Artist Corky Clarimont was talking about eagles when he spoke of the strength of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, but he might just as well have been speaking of the veterans honored by the memorial he designed.

That memorial was unveiled yesterday at the tribes’ headquarters on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. As Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin writes, here, the Warrior/Veterans Wall of Remembrance at Eagle Circle is unique to the tribes:

    Tepee poles 65 feet tall rise over the memorial, and serve to welcome Indian veterans both alive and dead back home to their reservation.

    Inside the monument, the head of an eagle occupies the tallest piece of granite, and other pieces form the wings that circle around to protect those inside.

    On those inside walls, the names of more than 1,200 Indians from the Flathead Reservation who have served their nation are carved into the stone.

During the nearly daylong ceremonies that marked the dedication, CSKT chairman E.T. “Bud” Moran noted that 44 members of the tribes volunteered to serve in World War I, even though Indians had not yet even been granted U.S. citizenship and were not required to serve.

Clicking on the link to the story will also lead you to a video, here.

Gwen Florio

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