Letter to the editor: Eight foot tall, 1,000 pound Native Warrior bronze sculpture belongs in Window Rock

The 8-foot tall, 1,000 pound "Native Warrior" memorial metal bronze sculpture representing Vietnam veterans should be placed near the Code Talker Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona.

Last year, during my travel across the Navajo Nation, I visited 110 chapters houses. During my travel to create the Native Warrior Memorial Statue, I met with numerous tribal leaders and the Navajo Nation Veteran's Organization, and the effort was made to obtain a support resolution from them in support of creating the Native Warrior Memorial Statue. This is a project speaheaded by me. I am from Tonalea, Arizona, 26 miles northeast of Tuba City, Arizona in the Western Agency. My clan is Zuni Edge Water, born for Manygoats.

My proposal to place an 8-foot tall bronze soldier of an American Indian in a proper place to gain as much exposure and recognition to the fact that many Native Americans died in Vietnam, as well as Caucasians, Black and Hispanic warriors in that war. Giving respect to a proud ethnic group who contributed a high percentage of lives to the freedoms of America is often overlooked. There is a large, empty place for a monument and approval of what Native Americans have done in past wars as well as in present ones.

Floyd Dawson, a Navajo Indian from the Tuba City area of the Arizona reservation, has spent years trying to erect a proud and tall Native American soldier dressed and outfitted in proper equipment for this action. There is a strong design for the purpose - ready for enlargement and casting into bronze metal. Even Washington D.C. approves placement of a Native American monument in front of a Native American education building near the Vietnam Veterans Wall.

It is believed a copy of this design should be placed at the Navajo headquarters in Window Rock, alongside the figures representing other wars.

Approval of this proposal sent from each chapter house to our many casinos today could provide the financing to produce the completed and greatly needed recognition for the many deserving Gold Star mothers of these heroes of battle.

Thank you for your wisdom in this matter. The sculpter is ready to make the large soldier appear just as he did in Vietnam.

Floyd Dawson

Tonalea, Arizona

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