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Code Talkers

12/4/2014

article Crow code talkers awarded Congressional Gold Medal
(Montana) -- The descendants of four Montana servicemen from the Crow Indian Nation accepted Congress’ highest honor on their behalf of forefathers Thursday.

12/2/2014

article Code Talker Samuel Tsosie dies at age of 89
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation lost another Navajo Code Talker in November when Samuel Tsosie walked on. He joined his wife, Bessie, who preceeded him in death two weeks...

11/27/2014

article Flags Fly at Half-mast on Navajo Reservation after Death of Code Talker Samuel Tsosie, Sr.
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel Tsosie, Sr. who walked on this past Sunday. Flags are flying at half-mast on the Navajo...

11/25/2014

article Team Edwards remembers Code Talkers during heritage month
(California) -- In observation of National American Indian Heritage Month, Team Edwards hosted a 5K run/walk Nov. 12 at the Rosburg Fitness Center in honor of World War...

11/20/2014

article A daughter’s journey / Original code talker’s daughter conducts research, keeps story alive
(New Mexico) -- For more than seven decades, George Clinton’s family never knew what happened to him during or after World War II. Then, last year his...

11/18/2014

article WWII Navajo Code Talker speaks at Mesalands
(New Mexico) -- Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and...

11/13/2014

article Remembering the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers
(Arizona) -- Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.

10/27/2014

article American Indian Code Talkers Focus of WKCTC Presentation Nov. 12
(Kentucky) -- During World War I and World War II hundreds of American Indians joined the United States armed forces and used words from their traditional tribal...

10/21/2014

article Shirley endorsed by Navajo Code Talker
(New Mexico) -- As the Navajo Supreme Court and the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors continued with plans to address the situation with Chris Deschene, his opponent...

10/12/2014

article Honor Riders help code talker repair roof
(New Mexico) -- It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in this small community as some 20 men pay tribute to a Navajo Code Talker. Most are members of the Navajo-Hopi...

9/18/2014

article In past week, code talkers’ deaths leave 25-27 still living
(Arizona) -- Flags on the Navajo Nation will continue to fly at half-staff this weekend in honor of the unprecedented deaths of four Navajo Code Talkers this past week.

9/15/2014

article 2 Code Talkers pass on in one week
(Arizona) -- Two Navajo Code Talkers died this past week, according to the tribal government and family members.

9/11/2014

article That's So Money! Code Talkers and Iron Workers Score $1 Coin Tributes
(USA) -- The U.S. Mint has announced its designs for the 2015 and 2016 Native American $1 coins, and the choice of subjects—Mohawk Iron Workers and Code Talkers...

9/5/2014

article Young Marines group honors Navajo Code Talkers
(California) -- A group of youth in the Camp Pendleton Young Marines program participated in Navajo Code Talkers Day. Fourteen youth, ages 9-16, traveled to Window Rock...

9/3/2014

article Young Marines Meet World War II Navajo Code Talkers
(Arizona) -- Two hundred twenty three members of the Young Marines including registered adult leaders traveled to Window Rock, Arizona to be part of Navajo Code Talkers...

9/2/2014

article Navajo Code Talker uniform finds way home to Reservation
(Arizona) -- The uniform of a Navajo hero came home in August. After more than 15 years in limbo, the uniform of George H. Kirk, Sr., returned home and was unveiled on...

8/31/2014

article Comanche Code Talker honored with new gravestone at Farmington cemetery reflecting service, honors
(New Mexico) -- With red shawls draped around their shoulders, sisters Nona Gail Reed and Mona Selph stood with their brother, Wellington "Mike" Mihecoby Jr.,...

8/21/2014

article Code talker day: Honor and remembrance
(Arizona) -- "The same language they told us not to speak in boarding school is the same language that saved us!” said Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly...
article Home at last: Series of events – including a business card – end months-long effort to return code talker’s uniform
(Arizona) -- After missing for nearly 30 years, the Navajo Code Talker uniform of George Harlan Kirk Sr. returned home to the Navajo Nation.

8/20/2014

article Apache Code Talker honored at U.S. Capitol
(Arizona) -- The name “Apache” is typed in right below Paul Burdette as one of the nine names typed in a circle matrix bearing his code name, “Rebel,...

8/17/2014

article Remembering heros: National Navajo Code Talkers Day observed with parade, speeches
(Arizona) -- The men who served as Navajo Code Talkers during World War II were celebrated for their service and sacrifice on Thursday during this year's National...
article Code talker uniform saved from auction, returned to tribe
(Arizona) -- A few days after reports began circulating that a uniform of a Navajo Code Talker was going to be auctioned off, tribal leaders stepped in and began making...

8/15/2014

article National Code Talkers Day Celebration Set for Window Rock This Thursday
(Arizona) -- Some 700 people are expected to attend this year’s National Code Talkers Day celebration at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona...

8/14/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Uniform Makes Long Awaited Return Home
(Arizona) -- The uniform of a Navajo hero is coming home. After more than 15 years of limbo, the uniform of George H. Kirk Sr. will be returning home and will be...

8/13/2014

article Late Navajo Code Talker's Uniform To Be Displayed
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Code Talker's uniform that had been locked away in a storage unit will be displayed at the tribal museum.

8/10/2014

article National Code Talkers Day Celebration Set for Window Rock This Thursday
(Arizona) -- Some 700 people are expected to attend this year’s National Code Talkers Day celebration at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona...

7/29/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Edward B. Anderson dies in Phoenix July 20 at age 86
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of another warrior. On July 20, former Navajo Nation Code Talker Edward B. Anderson passed at Banner Good Samaritan...

7/24/2014

article Code Talker Anderson passes away
(Arizona) -- Flags will be flying on the Navajo Reservation at half mast until sunset Saturday to honor the passing of a Navajo Code Talker.

7/23/2014

article Navajo Nation Mourns Passing of Code Talker Edward B. Anderson, Jr.
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of another warrior. On July 20, former Navajo Nation Code Talker Edward B. Anderson passed at Banner Good Samaritan...

7/17/2014

article Navajo Code Talkers get their own day
(Arizona) -- Their little-known language helped lead the Allied forces to victory over Japan in World War II. Now, 70 years later, Arizona's Navajo Code Talkers are...

7/5/2014

article Code Talker Stories: Penned by a Daughter, With Love
(USA) -- The death of Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez, one of the original 29 who signed up to create the code that was indecipherable to the Japanese military during...
article Heroes Till the End: Code Talkers in Their Twilight Years
(USA) -- Code Talkers are renknowned as heroes of World War 2 who used their language to confound the Japanese. Since they were not permitted to speak of the part they...

6/17/2014

article Sidney Bedoni, former Navajo Code Talker, dies at age 91
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is in mourning again as news of another Code Talker's passing made its way around the reservation.

6/14/2014

article Comanche code talkers
(Oklahoma) -- We are shortly removed from the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the spring of 1944 on the beaches of Normandy. And little-known bits and...

6/12/2014

article Nez gets the sendoff a code talker deserves
(New Mexico) -- After a long lifetime where he was sometimes discriminated against for being Native American, there was nothing but respect at Code Talker Chester Nez...

6/10/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Sidney Bedoni Leaves This World and President Shelly orders flags at half-staff
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of yet another Navajo Code Talker who has walked on. Sidney Bedoni walked on at the age of 91. His death is the...
article Last of Original 29 Code Talkers Remembered for Courage and Humility
(New Mexico) -- Most people know, of course, that Chester Nez was a World War II code talker—one of the original 29, in fact, who developed the code that stymied...

6/9/2014

article Arigon Starr's ANNUMPA LUMA--CODE TALKER
(California) -- Comic book fans! Keep your eyes peeled for INC Comics. INC is Indigenous Narratives Collective. First up from INC is Arigon Starr's Annumpa Luma--...
article Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez to be Laid to Rest at Santa Fe National Cemetery
(New Mexico) -- Chester Nez, who was the last surviving member of the Original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the National...

6/8/2014

article Native American vets couldn't vote until after war
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Code Talkers were even more patriotic than is told because at the time of their military service they did not have the right to vote.

6/7/2014

article How the Navajo code talkers helped win World War II
(USA) -- When Chester Nez passed away June 4 at the age of 93, it marked the end of an era. Nez was the last living member of the first group of Navajo code talkers, a...
article Here’s what Sen. Udall said about Chester Nez on the Senate floor Friday
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall paid tribute in a speech on the Senate floor to the life and service of Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo Code...

6/6/2014

article Code talker Chester Nez and the tragic history of native language
(New York) -- Chester Nez, the former Marine and last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, passed away June 4 at age 93. When an elder dies in Indian country --...

6/5/2014

article Grandson of Comanche Code Talker keeps WWII history alive
(Texas) -- A small group of veterans being honored Friday are Native Americans. Those veterans were recruited to use the Navajo and Comanche languages to communicate in...
article Chester Nez Dies at 93; Navajo Words Once Washed From His Mouth Helped Win War
(New Mexico) -- To the end of his life, Chester Nez recalled the first message he sent over the radio while serving at Guadalcanal: “Enemy machine gun nest on your...
article Chester Nez, the last of ‘Original 29′ Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 93
(New Mexico) -- Chester Nez, the last of the “Original 29″ Navajo Code Talkers who developed and implemented a top secret code that confounded the Japanese...

6/4/2014

article He Was Their Last Original Voice, Code Talker Chester Nez Walks On
(New Mexico) -- World War II has been over for more than 65 years, and the outcome of that war has largely been credited to the work of the original 29 Navajo code...
article Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies
(Arizona) -- The last of the 29 Navajos who developed a code that stumped the Japanese during World War II has died. Chester Nez, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died...
article Last Of The Navajo 'Code Talkers' Dies At 93
(New Mexico) -- The last of the Navajo "Code Talkers" who used their native language as the basis of a cipher that confounded the Japanese military during...
article Last original Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez passes away
(New Mexico) -- Chester Nez, the last original Navajo Code Talker, passed away Wednesday morning, family members told Action 7 News. Nez was recruited with 28 other...
article Last Surviving Member of Original 29 Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez Walks On
(Arizona) -- Flags across the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-staff in honor of the last surviving member, Chester Nez, of the Original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. Mr....

5/29/2014

article World War I’s Native American Code Talkers
(USA) -- During World War I, the Germans often learned of Allied tactical plans by tapping into their telephone lines and adeptly breaking their codes. Frustrated by...

5/23/2014

article Crow Tribe Code Talkers Gold Medal Designs Recommended
(Washington D.C.) -- The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) have recommended designs for the Crow Tribe Code Talkers...
article Last of original Navajo code talkers to attend ceremony
(Kansas) -- When Chester Nez was a boy growing up in New Mexico, he was punished at school for speaking his native Navajo language. As a 17-year-old, Nez volunteered to...
article Oneida Nation Code Talkers Receive Posthumous Medals
(Wisconsin) -- A ceremony Friday posthumously honored four members of the Oneida Nation for their role as code talkers during World War II. Last November, Congress...

5/17/2014

article Growing up with Comanche Code Talkers
(Texas) -- Aug. 8, 2009, my first column about the Comanche Indian Code Talkers of World War II was published in the Plainview Daily Herald. I attended grade school and...

5/15/2014

article Code Talker Tom Jones passes
(New Mexico) -- Flags on the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-mast this week as tribal members mourn the death of the second Navajo Code Talker in a month.

5/13/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Tom Jones Jr. dies in Farmington
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Code Talker from Hogback has died in Farmington. Tom Jones Jr., 89, died Monday at San Juan Regional Medical Center of pneumonia and other...

4/29/2014

article Hopi Code Talkers and families honored at Hopi Veterans Memorial Center
(Arizona) -- Ten Hopi Code Talkers and their families were honored April 23 for their service during World War I and II at an inaugural recognition day that took place...

4/22/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Samuel Smith passes after bout with pneumonia
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has lost another beloved Navajo Code Talker. On April14, 2014, Samuel "Jesse" Smith, Sr. lost his fight against pneumonia at...

4/17/2014

article Code Talker Samuel 'Jesse' Smith Sr. passes on
(New Mexico) -- Samuel "Jesse" Smith Sr., a former Navajo Code Talker and long-time tribal police officer and tribal employee, died on Monday.

4/16/2014

article How Native Americans were crucial to defeat the Nazis and Japan in WW2
(USA) -- This is Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo 29, being honored at an April 4th ceremony. If it weren't for him and the other 28 Native Americans who...
article Navajo Code Talker passes away
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation lost another beloved Navajo Code Talker earlier this week. Samuel "Jesse" Smith Sr. died Monday of pneumonia at Presbyterian...

4/15/2014

article Navajo Code Talker, dead at 88, aspired to be pilot
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died. Michael Smith says his father, Samuel...

4/10/2014

article Last Seminole Nation Code Talker, Edmond Harjo, Walks On
(Oklahoma) -- Funeral services were held for Edmond Harjo last Friday, April 4, 2014, in Seminole, Oklahoma. Mr. Harjo was a Seminole Nation code talker during World War...

4/9/2014

article One of last Native American code talkers dies
(Oklahoma) -- Edmond Harjo, one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their Native languages to outmaneuver the enemy during World Wars I...

4/8/2014

article Using language to fight a war
(Oklahoma) -- An author, playwright, librettist and poet specializing in the history of Navajo code talkers kicked off preliminary activities of the 42nd Symposium on...

4/7/2014

article Former POW to be honored by Moncks Corner
(South Carolina) -- Former World War II prisoner of war Reggie Salisbury was honored by Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler in observance of National Former POW Recognition...

4/5/2014

article Congressional Gold Medal Recipient and Code Talker Edmond Harjo Walks On
(Oklahoma) -- Edmond Andrew Harjo, a Seminole Nation of Oklahoma tribal member and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, walked on March 31, 2014 in Ada, Oklahoma at the...
article NSA Bestows Highest Honor to Native Code Talkers
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will host an award ceremony Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. for the...

4/3/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez to be Marines guest of honor
(New Mexico) -- The last of the original Navajo Code Talkers left New Mexico Thursday to be the guest of honor at a U.S. Marines function in Virginia.

3/13/2014

article CCAC Releases 2016 Native American Dollar Candidate Designs
(Washington D.C.) -- The Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission (CCAC) has released the following candidate design images for the 2016 Native American dollar coin.

3/12/2014

article Navajo Code Talkers ask for help with decrepit dwellings
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Code Talkers became legendary for using their native tongue during World War II to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher.

2/19/2014

article Code Talker Arthur J. Hubbard dies at age 102
(Arizona) -- Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr., former Arizona State Senator and Navajo Code Talker, passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 102.

2/14/2014

article Family, dignitaries remember Hubbard as a 'quiet, dignified' man
(Arizona) -- In his delivery of the eulogy, Frances Stout remembered the late Arthur José Hubbard Sr.'s humility and selflessness when it came to doing work that...
article Navajo Senator Honors Arthur Hubbard
(Arizona) -- State Sen. Carlyle Begay issued a statement in honor of Navajo Code Talker Arthur Hubbard, Sr. who recently passed away at age 102.

2/13/2014

article Code talkers played an integral role
(Oklahoma) -- Native American code talkers played a vital role in American military history. The “codes within codes” of various Native American tribes were...

2/12/2014

article Navajo Nation Mourns Loss of Code Talker Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr.
(Arizona) -- Today, the Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a living treasure, an American hero and a role model for young kids across the Nation. Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr....

2/10/2014

article Navajo Code Talker Arthur Hubbard Sr. has died, served as first Native American state senator in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Navajo Code Talker and former Arizona state Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. has died, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation Office of the President...
article Tribe: Former Ariz. state senator Hubbard dead at age 102
(Arizona) -- Arthur Hubbard Sr., a Navajo Code Talker and the first American Indian to serve in the Arizona Senate, has died at age 102.

1/29/2014

article Code talkers make impression on CHS students
(New Mexico) -- Scott Robinson’s Clovis High School history class is studying World War II. Taking advantage of contacts, Robinson brought in Native American code...

1/25/2014

article Author, code talker expert to visit NSU Thursday for book signing, presentation
(Oklahoma) -- Dr. William C. Meadows, author of “The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II,” will visit Northeastern State University at 6:30 p.m. Thursday...

1/19/2014

article WW II code talker expert to visit Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- On January 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. William C. Meadows, author of The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II will be give a free presentation at...

1/16/2014

article Languages of real value: Code Talkers
(Oklahoma) -- In the late 1800s the government would take Native American children away and force them to attend English-only boarding schools. These children were torn...
article A code talker to the end
(Minnesota) -- The last time Freedom Porter saw his grandfather, Lex Porter, was at a Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow in 1989. Lex died soon after, and he took a lot of...

1/13/2014

article Man recalls service as WW II Code Talker
(Oklahoma) -- It is supremely ironic that many Native American soldiers were recruited during World War II specifically for their traditional language skills.

1/5/2014

article Tales of a Code Talker: Assiniboine man used Native language, rifle skills to help U.S. in World War II
(Montana) -- In the final days leading up to Gilbert Horn’s departure for basic training, his mother called him to their family’s home on the Fort Belknap...

12/26/2013

article OP/ED: A long overdue thank-you
(North Dakota) -- It came as a surprise to many that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe contributed more native code talkers than any other in service to their country in...

12/25/2013

article Meskwaki officials had silver code talker medals shipped for security reasons
(Iowa) -- Silver medals honoring eight “code talkers” who were members of the Meskwaki community were shipped to the settlement near Tama rather than...

12/23/2013

article Switzerland county woman helps honor a group of Native-American war heroes known as the CODE TALKERS
(Indiana) -- A Switzerland County woman has played an important role in honoring a group of men that performed a critical service in America's wars.

12/21/2013

article Wilfred Billey
(Arizona) -- Wilfred Billey, who has died aged 90, was a Native American whose language was used as a wartime code to stump the Japanese.

12/17/2013

article Washington Honors YST Code Talkers
(South Dakota) -- Code talkers may have saved all our lives. During World War I and World War II, Native American soldiers transmitted secret coded messages using their...

12/15/2013

article Santee Sioux Honors Code Talker
(Nebraska) -- Walter “Cody” John’s family knew he served during World War II, but they never knew his secret — and dangerous — mission. The...

12/14/2013

article Code Talker Remembered by Family and Tribe Saturday
(Iowa) -- A traditional Native American ceremony Saturday honored the man who did so much in his life. Walter John's family was in attendance, remembering the man...
article Minn. code talker gets Medal of Honor posthumously
(Minnesota) -- Lex Porter died without ever revealing to his family that he was a code talker during World War II. So his family was surprised _ and grateful _ when the...
article Navajo Code Talker dies at 90
(New Mexico) -- A Native American whose language was used as a wartime code to stump the Japanese has died at the age of 90. Wilfred Billey died at his home in...

12/13/2013

article Ho-Chunk pay tribute to code talkers in special ceremony in Baraboo
(Wisconsin) -- Old words rose in new song Friday, remembering dead heroes in an ancient and endangered tongue. Above a thundering drum, the keening voices of Ho-Chunk...
article Navajo Code Talker dies at 90 in New Mexico home
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Code Talker, whose words are inscribed on congressional medals given to his group and who fought to have a World War II comrade recognized for his...

12/12/2013

article Tribe Honors Code Talkers
(North Dakota) -- War veterans are often reluctant to tell stories of what happened on the battlefield. And in some cases, they were forbidden from doing so. World War I...

12/11/2013

article Ceremony set for Sioux City code talker
(Nebraska) -- Former Sioux Cityan Walter "Cody" John's service as a code talker during World War II will be honored at a ceremony in Niobrara, Neb.

12/7/2013

article Navajo Code Talker visits Bloomington Hills
(Utah) -- On Nov. 20, Samuel Tom Holiday, Navajo Code Talker and recipient of the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor, visited with fourth- and fifth-grade students at...

12/6/2013

article Kirkpatrick attends ceremony for code talkers
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 20, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick joined tribal leaders, military leaders and colleagues at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol to present Native American code...

12/3/2013

article Cherokee Code Talkers honored with medal
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and 30 other tribes accepted a Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 20 to honor Native American Code Talkers.
article Iowa code talkers’ families to get medals, but hard feelings remain
(Iowa) -- Melissa Youngbear was hurt and disappointed when she walked away empty-handed from a ceremony authorized by Congress to honor her father and seven other...

11/29/2013

article Ho-Chunk ‘code talkers’ honored for service in war
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation was among 33 Native American tribes recently honored for their work as “code talkers” in the two world wars.

11/26/2013

article Code talkers honored with Congressional Gold Medals
(Washington D.C.) -- Warren Kooyaquaptewa did not live long enough to be honored by his country for his military service, but his daughter said Nov. 20 that the Hopi man...
article Ho-Chunk ‘code talkers’ honored at congressional ceremony
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation was one of 33 Native American tribes honored last week for the work of servicemen who spoke in their native languages to help thwart...

11/25/2013

article Congress Honors Tlingit Code Talkers, Forgotten Heroes of Both World Wars
(Alaska) -- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska along with 32 other tribes from across the nation received the highest honor bestowed by...

11/24/2013

article McKASATO: Code talkers’ recognition overdue
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Code Talkers have become stuff of legend — as it should be. Their place in American History is pretty much unprecedented for their...
article Roses & Thistles: How an ancient language became our secret weapon
(Iowa) -- A rose to the Meskwaki tribe of Iowa, which was among 25 Indian tribes that received the Congressional Gold Medal at the nation’s Capitol last week.
article US Army’s ‘Numurekwa’etuu’ helped beat Germans
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American “code talkers” who used their indigenous languages to keep critical military secrets from World War II enemies finally...
article Word Power: How Code Talkers Helped to Win Wars
(USA) -- Over the static of crackling radios and phone lines, a little-known group of dedicated Native American warriors joined the call to arms in both world wars with...

11/22/2013

article CN to receive Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medal
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and 30 other tribes will each accept a Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.

11/21/2013

article Alaska 'code talkers' among those honored by Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. military commanders had a big problem during World War II, when the Japanese routinely broke their codes, making it easy to predict the actions...
article Code talkers honored in D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- There was a sense of wonderment at the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring American Indian code talkers Wednesday.
article Congress honors several AZ tribe code talkers
(Washington D.C.) -- Representatives from several Indian tribes in northern Arizona were in Washington, DC, Wednesday to accept the Congressional Medal of Honor.
article Tribes finally honored for secret work of World War II code talkers
(Washington D.C.) -- In a ceremony that many believed was years overdue, 33 tribes — including three from Wisconsin — on Wednesday received Congressional...
article Meskwaki tribe among those honored for WWII code talkers
(Washington D.C.) -- The Meskwaki tribe of Iowa was among 25 Native American tribes that received the Congressional Gold Medal for their World War II service as “...

11/20/2013

article Cherokee Nation to receive Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medal
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and 30 other tribes will each accept a Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.
article Code Talkers finally get recognition as heroes
(Oklahoma) -- Wednesday will be a day that's been long overdue for just over 250 Native American heroes who, despite using their language to the defeat a worldwide...
article Native Sun News: Marine from Pine Ridge receives Purple Heart
(South Dakota) -- It takes a special kind of person to continuously volunteer to place themselves in harm’s way. To willingly travel into hostile territory knowing...
article Oglala Sioux members to be honored for “code talking” during WWII
(Nebraska) -- About 250 Native American “code talkers” who were an important weapon during World War Two will be recognized for their valor during a U.S....
article South Dakota military Code Talkers to be recognized by President
(South Dakota) -- The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor is considered the highest expression of national appreciation. Over the years, recipients included notables from...
article Tlingit code talkers to be honored for wartime service
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s Tlingit code talkers will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for their contributions to World Wars I and...
article Tribes Whose Members Served as Code Talkers Honored with Congressional Gold Medals
(Washington D.C.) -- Twenty-five American Indian tribes received Congressional Gold Medals today in recognition of the dedication and valor of the code talkers and their...
article Tyler man to receive honor for code-talker grandfather
(Texas) -- A Tyler man will be headed to Washington, D.C., today to get the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his grandfather, who was a Comanche code talker during...
article Unbreakable: Native American 'code talkers' helped beat Germans
(USA) -- Native American "code talkers" who used their indigenous languages to keep critical military secrets from World War II enemies are finally getting...
article Watch Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medals at 11
(Washington D.C.) -- In one hour, Native American Code Talkers from tribes across the country will be honored for their contributions to the United States military since...
article Word Power: How Code Talkers Helped to Win Wars
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the static of crackling radios and phone lines, a little-known group of dedicated Native American warriors joined the call to arms in both...

11/19/2013

article Native American code talkers to be honored
(Washington D.C.) -- When Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the famous Navajo code talkers a decade ago, it failed to recognize members of other tribes...
article Sworn to secrecy, Sioux City code talker gains posthumous honor
(Iowa) -- Michael John Sr. was just a boy when his uncle let the secret slip. "Your dad, when he came back from the service, he had a chest full of medals,"...

11/18/2013

article Finally: Spotlight to Shine on Code Talkers From 25 Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- On December 21, 2000 the Navajo Code talkers were awarded Congressional Gold Medals as the highest expression of national appreciation for the...

11/17/2013

article Comanche code honored by US with gold
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche Code Talkers' legend was born from their efforts to help the Allied forces to victory during D-Day and on through the end of World War II.

11/15/2013

article Native American Code Talkers to be honored in DC on 11/20
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indians who sent coded messages to shield U.S. military communications from the enemy during World Wars I and II are being honored later...

11/14/2013

article Navajo “Code Talkers” honored by Senator Leahy of Vermont
(Vermont) -- On November 13, 2013 Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked for a few minutes to acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans veterans who served in...

11/12/2013

article Navajo Code Talker honored on his birthday
(New Mexico) -- It was a special day for one of the last living Navajo Code Talkers, in more ways than one. David E. Patterson Sr. served the United States in World War...

11/9/2013

article Code Talkers Among Veterans Honored At MTSU
(Tennessee) -- A group representing the Navajo Code Talkers was among the many veterans honored at Middle Tennessee State University. At its annual memorial service, the...

11/8/2013

article Lakota code talkers to be honored
(South Dakota) -- For decades, no one knew they existed. Now, 70 years after World War II, the government is recognizing the Lakota code talkers. The Lakota code talkers...
article Native American code talkers being honored by Congress; 8 SD tribes will be part of ceremony
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indians who sent coded messages to shield U.S. military communications from the enemy during World Wars I and II are being honored later...
article Native Sun News: Remembering Native American Code Talkers
(South Dakota) -- Since the beginning it has been the role of Native men to protect their communities and lands. The term “Warrior” in its English...
article Historian, daughter of an original Navajo Code Talker gives Carleton address
(Minnesota) -- It’s not often you get to stand up in front of an audience and talk about your father being a hero.

11/6/2013

press release House & Senate Leaders Announce Gold Medal Ceremony for Code Talkers
(Washington D.C.) -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic...

10/21/2013

article ITC Exhibits Vital Role Of Native American "Code Talkers" In War
(Texas) -- The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history.

9/29/2013

article Family of late Code Talker says he was proud Marine
(Arizona) -- The family of Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper announced Sunday that he had passed away earlier that morning at age 96.

9/26/2013

article Navajo Flags Lowered to Half Staff for Fallen Code Talker Draper
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commemorated a fallen Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper, Sr., who passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Barstow...

9/25/2013

article Indian Country Mourns Loss of Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper
(California) -- The Navajo Nation and others in Indian Country are mourning the passing of Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper who walked on early Sunday, September 22. He...

9/24/2013

article Navajo loses another Code Talker
(New Mexico) -- The family of Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper announced Sunday that he had passed away earlier that morning. He was 96 years old.

9/7/2013

article Lake Elsinore Young Marines Visit Navajo Code Talkers
(California) -- More than 100 members of the Young Marines traveled to Window Rock, Ariz., to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day, Wednesday, Aug. 14. Twenty-four veteran...

9/6/2013

article Navajo Code Talkers visit Fort Bliss to share stories of service
(Texas) -- Navajo Code Talkers who served in World War II discussed their work and signed autographs Thursday at Fort Bliss, Texas.

9/5/2013

article Oklahoma highway stretch to honor Choctaw Code Talkers
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is honoring a group of World War I Choctaw Code Talkers by renaming a stretch of highway near where many of the men lived.

8/16/2013

article Past, present military turn out to honor Code Talkers
(Arizona) -- It's been 31 years since former U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Aug. 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day, a day that recognizes the service each...

7/20/2013

article IMNH Hosts Smithsonian Code Talker Exhibit
(Idaho) -- When you think of the tools used to make war, you may think guns, artillery, tanks and the like.But for an elite group of warriors during World Wars I and II...

7/18/2013

article Stories of American Indian code talkers revealed in Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at Idaho State University running July 20-Sept. 29
(Idaho) -- When the United States issued the call to arms in World Wars I and II, American Indians answered as warriors. Some men discovered that words—in their...

7/11/2013

article Navajo Code Talker Will Be Honored at MLB All-Star Game
(New York) -- Veterans will be honored at the MLB All-Star Game to be played July 16 at Citi Field in Queens, New York (despite the home club New York Mets offending...

6/16/2013

article Navajo Code Talker Milton Gishal Passes – Second Code Talker during this Past Week
(Arizona) -- Navajo President Ben Shelly's office announced the passing of Navajo Code Talker Milton Gishal, who died on June 8 in Farmington, New Mexico. Mr. Gishal...

6/15/2013

article Navajo Nation Mourns the Passing of Two Code Talkers
(Arizona) -- Yesterday, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commemorated the passing of two Navajo Code Talkers who were laid to rest earlier this week. In addition, he...

6/12/2013

article Indian Country Mourns Loss of Navajo Code Talker King Fowler
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation - and Indian country - mourn the loss of heroic Navajo Code Talker King Fowler.

6/10/2013

article VOTE to Send Navajo Code Talker David Patterson to MLB All-Star Game
(California) -- Navajo Code Talker David E. Patterson, Sr., USMC, wants to go this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 16 in New York and your vote...

6/6/2013

article On D-Day Anniversary, Remembering the Last WWII Comanche Code Talker
(USA) -- Today, June 6, 2013, is the 69th anniversary of D-Day. Fourteen Comanche Code Talkers were part of that massive invasion, including Charles Chibbity. Today, as...

6/5/2013

article Native American Code Talkers Honored
(California) -- On Sunday May 26th the Department of Veteran Affairs honored Native American Veterans at a Military Ceremony at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery...

5/21/2013

article Navajo Code Talker's Grandson Proudly Shares About His Roots and Service
(Australia) -- More than 60 years ago, a group of Native American Marines, known as Code Talkers, used the Navajo language to transmit secret tactical information using...

5/14/2013

article Code Talker to receive honorary diploma from Greyhills Academy
(Arizona) -- Officials at Greyhills Academy High Shcool will award Navajo code talker Dan Akee, 92, with an honory high school diploma on May 17. It is 67 years overdue.

5/8/2013

article Radio marathon honors Comanche code talker history
(Oklahoma) -- When U.S. soldiers landed several miles off of Utah Beach during World War II's Normandy invasion on D-Day, Comanche code talker Larry Saupitty was...
article Code talker’s grandson shares Navajo roots
(South Dakota) -- More than 60 years ago, a group of Native-American Marines, known as code talkers, used the Navajo language to transmit secret tactical information...

4/18/2013

article Code talkers exhibit opens at county museum
(Kansas) -- The Wyandotte County Historical Museum this weekend will open the Smithsonian traveling exhibition Native Words, Native Warriors.
article Albert Smith, Navajo Code Talker from New Mexico, passes on
(New Mexico) -- Albert Smith, a Navajo Code Talker from New Mexico, died on Wednesday. He was 88. Smith lied about his age in order to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps at...
article Code Talker Albert Smith passes at 88
(New Mexico) -- Another Navajo Code Talker has departed this world. Navajo Code Talker Albert Smith, 88, has died, according to his family. Smith was born on Dec. 13,...
article Code Talker's legacy resonates with strangers
(New Mexico) -- The recent death of a Navajo Code Talker has touched a Valencia County couple who have never even met him.

3/21/2013

article New memorial honors Navajo Code Talkers
(New Mexico) -- A new monument honoring the Navajo code talkers will be unveiled Thursday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

3/4/2013

article Last Surviving Original Code Talker, Chester Nez, Speaks During Northland College's Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month
(Wisconsin) -- Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin is underway, and it was kicked off in a grand way with a talk by a living...

11/26/2012

article Fort Meade: Historian shares story of Native American code talkers
(Maryland) -- Thanks to the efforts of Marine Navajo code talkers in World War II, the United States was able to capture the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima.

11/21/2012

article After 60 years, last of original Code Talkers receives diploma from Kansas
(Kansas) -- Art has been described as lacking a satisfactory definition, that same description could be applied to Chester Nez.

11/19/2012

article Navajo Code Talker Earns KU Diploma
(Arizona) -- For the past several years, the numbers of nontraditional college students have been increasing. But this past Monday, as part of its Veteran’s Day...

11/18/2012

article Navajo Code Talker Honored With Degree and Key to the City
(Kansas) -- Campus-wide activities at the University of Kansas (KU) for Veterans Day included a touching ceremony November 12 honoring Chester Nez, the last surviving...

11/12/2012

article Barstow resident one of few living WWII Navajo Code Talkers
(California) -- It was 1944 when Nelson Draper Sr. was recruited to the U.S. Marine Corps. Draper was 25 and living rural life on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle...
article Code Talker shares birthday with Veterans Day
(New Mexico) -- There is no surprise that Veterans Day is November 11th. But for one Navajo Code Talker, the day is also his birthday. And for his 90th birthday, his...

11/11/2012

article Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, to Get College Degree After 60 Years
(Kansas) -- In the spring of 1952, Chester Nez had to abandon his studies at the University of Kansas because his GI Bill funding ran out. Now, at 91, Nez—the last...

11/9/2012

article Navajo Code Talkers Heading to New York City for Veterans Day Parade
(New York) -- Eight World War II Navajo Code Talkers from New Mexico are scheduled to participate in the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the Associated Press reports.
article In eulogy, grandson says Code Talker was a family man, proud Marine
(New Mexico) -- The funeral service spoken in both English and Navajo was a fitting homage to Navajo Code Talker George Smith, who delivered the code, based on the...

11/2/2012

article A Navajo Tribute To Code Talker George Smith, Who Has Walked On
(New Mexico) -- We are saddened by the passing of Navajo Code Talker George Smith, who walked on October 30. The Navajo Nation is commemorating the life of Smith, and...
article Navajo Code Talker George Smith dies at age 90
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is flying flags at half-staff through sundown Sunday after the death of Code Talker George Smith, 90, on Wednesday at Gallup Indian...
article Navajo Nation loses another Code Talker at age 90
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has lost another Code Talker. George Smith, 90, of Sundance, N.M., died Tuesday at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, according to...
article Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez speaks to a packed auditorium at San Juan College
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez, 90, spoke to a packed auditorium at San Juan College Thursday evening during a presentation on his memoir and a book...

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