Everyone is welcome at American Legion Post 1479. Located in the heart of the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne, the post is a community watering-hole, a place where friends and families on the territory can go for a quiet drink, and a symbol that honors the brave men and women who have served both the United States and Canadian militaries throughout the years.
Juxtaposed against the complex history of Native Americans and their treatment by Americans and Canadians of European origin, there is a real sense of pride in the warriors here, who served both their country and their Indian nation.
“Love your friend and never desert him,” reads an Iroquois inscription on a WWII memorial plaque inside the Legion. “If you see him surrounded by the enemy do not run away. Go to him, and if you cannot save him, be killed together, and let your bones lie side by side.”
This story was originally published at TheNewsHouse.com.
Dan Lyon is a rising senior in the Newhouse Visual Communications program, where he studies photojournalism. He previously interned at the Cortland Standard as a multimedia intern and is currently the photo editing intern at The Wall Street Journal.