This is one of the most amazing veterans' memorials I've ever seen. You'll find it along Interstate 84 in Crow Agency, Montana, within view of the Little Bighorn Battlefield. The statue alone is worth the trip, along with this plaque that tells the legend of the Mystic Warrior. (click on the picutre to read the legend).
The tipis and shields are made of metal. One tipi is constructed of hundreds of metal buffalo, the other is made of horses.
The plaques on the brick wall list the members of the Crow tribe who lost their lives in every conflict on record, beginning with the Battle of the Little Bighorn--also known as Custer's Last Stand. Have you ever visited a veterans' memorial on US soil dedicated to those who fought against the US army? The tributes continue through the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, clear through the current conflict in Iraq. All of the tribes have sent large numbers of their young men and more recently women into combat, the military being one of the most accessible ways to escape the pervasive poverty on the reservations. And because they are warriors.