Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam, and calling on the government of Vietnam to respect their human rights. The Montagnards fought shoulder to shoulder with the United States military during the Vietnam War and made many sacrifices alongside our troops.
“I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank the Montagnards who joined with us in Vietnam and saved thousands of lives with their heroic actions,” said Senator Burr. “North Carolina is home to many Montagnards and their contributions to the state are immeasurable. Their place American and Vietnamese history deserves recognition. I hope my colleagues will swiftly pass this resolution.”
“Today and every day, it is important to honor the Montagnards, who bravely fought alongside American forces in Vietnam,” said Senator Tillis. “Many Montagnards now call North Carolina home, and they make our local communities better places to live. It is critical that we do not forget about those who were not able to escape the confines of communism, as they continue to face persecution and harassment from the Vietnamese government.”
Senator Burr also submitted comments for the Congressional record this week.
More than 60,000 Montagnards assisted U.S. troops as interpreters, scouts, and soldiers during the war. After the Vietnam War, the U.S. resettled thousands of Montagnards as refugees to escape persecution from the Vietnamese government. Currently, the largest population of Montagnards outside of Vietnam resides in North Carolina, but the group also resettled in other states, including in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.
This resolution also condemns the Government of Vietnam for its ongoing and reported violations of the Montagnards’ basic human rights, including the freedom of Christians to practice their faith without fear of persecution.
You can read the text of this resolution here.