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American Indians in World War I - Dr. Dan Littlefield, Jr.

  • Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd Chattanooga, TN 37402 USA (map)

Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Jr. will share stories of American Indians answering the call to protect freedom and democracy across the globe during World War I. While most American Indians were not legal citizens and could not be drafted, they volunteered in the thousands to continue the warrior traditions of their tribes, a fascinating but little known facet of The Great War. Dr. Littlefield is Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center, which houses the American Native Press Archives, the world’s largest archival repository of Native American newspapers and periodicals. The Center at UA-LR is also home to the Dr. J. W. Wiggins collection of Native American art. Dr. Littlefield has served on the Cherokee Nation’s Great State of Sequoyah Commission and the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council. He has published scores of articles and is author, co-author or editor of 18 books on Native studies. In 2014, the Arkansas Historical Association honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his co-founding of the Sequoyah National Research Center and for his promotion of Arkansas history.

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