January 21, 2013 - The Native American Women Warriors, an all Native American women’s color guard, consisting of female veterans from all branches of service, have received National and mainstream media coverage on their participation in the 2013 Inaugural festivities.
Over the past week, CBS and other news organizations have followed the NAWW group as they have made their way to Washington D.C. to participate specifically in the American Indian Society Inaugural Ball and Powwow and the Inauguration Parade of re-elected President Barack Obama.
According to CBS correspondent Byron Pitts, “We were looking for a story to do about a group participating in the inaugural parade and the Native American women warriors seemed to be a perfect fit. It is a story that probably most Americans didn't know. I think one of my lines in the story was, "all of them have different stories of struggle that led to great success." read more>>>
Native Americans make history in the inaugural parade
Over 2,000 groups applied to be part of the presidential inaugural parade. Byron Pitts reports on one of the groups chosen, the Native American Women Warriors, who help promote diversity and equality in the military and on reservations.
January 21, 2013 - About 2,800 groups applied to be part of the Inaugural parade on Monday. The president's inaugural committee chose 60, including one with deep roots in this land.
They often perform to a sound of pageantry centuries old. They are the first Native American Women Warrior color guard: all veterans, all proud of their ancestry and the nation they serve.
Mitchelene BigMan is the group's founder. Sgt. Big Man served 22 years in the Army, including two tours in Iraq.
"We're like the heartbeat of America," BigMan said. "We're Native Americans. We're still here, and I think we're even stronger now than we were before." read more>>>