by Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
ARTESIA, NEW MEXICO - Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk conveyed the nation’s gratitude on Thursday to the families of seven police officers who were being honored at the 20th Annual Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service. The ceremony was held at the United States Indian Police Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.
Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
“As law enforcement officers stand together as brothers and sisters to protect one another, so this administration will stand with you,”
Echo Hawk said.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, President Obama and Secretary Salazar, we honor and remember your sacrifice - now and for future generations.”
This year seven names were added to the list that will bring the total on the memorial to 96. Those to be added on Thursday’s ceremony were:
The Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was first dedicated on May 7, 1992, at the US Indian Police Academy, which was then in Marana, Arizonia. The academy and the memorial were later moved to their present site on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) campus in Artesia. The memorial was rededicated there on May 6, 1993.
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