The American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization was created to establish a memorial to honor the American Indian veterans who served our country and to establish a place for such veterans, their families, and friends to gather, and pay tribute to living and deceased American Indian veterans.

The American Indian Veterans Memorial will be located in Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The memorial will be built on a prominent site west of the hummingbird-shaped pond, forever symbolizing peace and healing and gracefully offering everlasting and timeless visibility in honor of American Indian Veterans.

About Us

The American Indian Veteran’s Memorial Organization (AIVMO) was created on September 4, 1996, to establish a memorial to honor the American Indian Veteran’s who served our country, and to provide a place for veterans, their families and survivors to gather and pay tribute to both living an deceased veterans. In 1998, AIVMO was granted a site to build the memorial at Steele Indian School Park. see more

AIVMO Stories

With the creation of Steele Indian School Park in 2001, the City of Phoenix began the unique and challenging task of creating a community park that represents the indigenous principles of balance and interconnectedness. The park itself sits on the land that was once home to the Phoenix Indian School, a boarding school, for American Indians from the Southwest region, which operated from 1891 until it was closed by the federal government in 1990.

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Donate directly to AIVMO through our gofundme page using the button above, or contact us for more information:

(480) 951-2910

AIVMO is a 501(c)(3) organization.

American Indian Veterans

The mission of the American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization is to build a memorial to the American Indian Veteran that is self-sustaining. The desire of the American Indians forming this organization is to ensure that the lives, service, and blood of their brothers and sisters are not forgotten and that honor of lasting significance is bestowed on those American Indians who have valiantly served our country.

See more Soldiers Stories here.

Kent Ware, Sr., was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on September 29, 1922. He was a member of the Kiowa Tribe and a highly decorated WWII Veteran who served as a Tech Sergeant and an Aerial Gunner on B-17s in the US Army Air Corps. He flew in 33 combat missions and participated in the Air Offensive in Europe with the 407th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group, and 8th Air Force.

Kent Ware, Sr.
Tech Sergeant and Aerial Gunner, US Army Air Corps, World War II

Ira Hayes was born in Sacaton, Arizona, on January 12, 1923. He was a member of the Gila River Pima, Akimel O’odham tribe when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a Corporal in the 3rd Parachute Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 1st Headquarters Battalion, HQMC, and as a Paramarine, he fought in the Bogainville and Iwo Jima campaigns, where he was immortalized as one of the six soldiers raising the flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on February 25, 1945.

Ira Hayes
 Gila River Pima
Paratrooper US Marine Corps, World War II

Edward Yava, from the Tewa, Hopi, and Din’eh tribes, entered Army life in 1962 where he served in Okinawa, Korea, and Vietnam. He proudly served as a Staff Sergeant with the First Calvary Division, Fifth Infantry Division, 173 Airborne Brigade, MACV, Seventh Army. He also served with the Second Armored Division and the 101 Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Edward Yava
Tewa, Hopi, and Din’eh
Staff Sergeant, US Army

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Help Build the American Indian Veteran’s Memorial

Be a Part of History – Buy A Brick

Contact AIVMO for more information about buying a custom brick to be included in the final memorial site.

(480) 951-2910

AIVMO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions for building of the American Indian Veterans Memorial can be sent to:  P.O. Box 6123, Scottsdale, AZ 85261

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 6123

Scottsdale, AZ 85261



(480) 951-2910