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Chief Walter D. “Red Hawk” Brown III leads the sacred pipe ceremony to celebrate the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe's closing on the purchase of a 163-acre tract of tribal land in 2016. Brown, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, will be the guest speaker at the National American Indian Heritage Month observance here Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., at the Lee Theater. (Contributed Photo)

The Fort Lee community will celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with a special observance set for Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Lee Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade is hosting the event that will reflect the 2018 observance theme: “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience.”

National American Indian Heritage Month was first recognized in 1990 as a result of a joint resolution of Congress and an endorsement by then-President George H.W. Bush. Since 1994, similar presidential proclamations have been signed. The observance runs throughout November.

The Lee event will recognize and celebrate the culture, achievements and contributions of American Indians to the United States and its armed forces.

Walter D. “Red Hawk” Brown III, the elected chief of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, Southampton County, will speak at the post observance. He is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served 28 years on active duty. He has held many command and leadership positions in the United States and overseas including Germany, Greece, Turkey, Korea and Japan. He also is a Vietnam and Desert Storm-era Veteran.

Brown is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was elected chief in 2002 and again in 2006. He serves on the Southampton County Board of Supervisors. He was elected as a 4th Congressional District Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention in New York. He attended as one of 30 Native American delegates.

Brown further serves on the executive board for the STOP Program and the executive board of the Western Tidewater Senior Services Program. He also is a Baptist minister and serves as associate pastor of Diamond Grove Baptist Church, Franklin.

While on active duty, Brown attended the University of Maryland and the State University of N.Y., earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Science. He also received a master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

For more information about Fort Lee’s National American Indian Heritage Observance, call 1st Sgt. Carlandra. T. Moss, Victor Company, 262nd QM Battalion, at 804-734-6226 or email