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Do American Indians celebrate the 4th of July?

 

Members of the Kiowa Gourd Clan Ceremony stand as the flag of Spencer "Corky" Sahmaunt is raised. Carnegie, Oklahoma; July 4, 2019. Mr. Sahmaunt served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, as well as the Kiowa Gourd Clan.The Kiowa Flag Song, analogous to the Star Spangled Banner, accompanied the flag-raising. (Photo courtesy of Mari Frances Sahmaunt, used with permission)

Every few years, the museum updates this story to add more Native voices. The story first appeared on July 3, 2013.

How do Native Americans observe the 4th of July? This year, many people's plans reflect their concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. But the answer has always been as complicated as America's history.

Perhaps the most quoted labguage in the Declaration of Independence is the statement that all men are created equal. Many Native Americans, however, also remember the signers' final grievance against the king:

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