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November 20, 2013

Code Talkers receive Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON —

The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation are among more than 30 tribes receiving a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.
Representatives from 33 tribes across the country will be on hand at the U.S. Capitol in Washington for the ceremony.
Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II. Each tribe will be presented with a gold medal.
The Comanche Nation recently unveiled an exhibit in Lawton about the tribe’s Code Talkers and honored relatives during a ceremony.
Cherokee Nation Veterans Representative Raymond Vann said the medal ceremony is one way to recognize the importance of Native Americans’ service in the defense of the U.S.
“Native Americans who served as code talkers during World War I and II are true American heroes whose ingenuity helped propel the Allied forces to victory and saved countless lives in the process,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe Inhofe. “These awards recognize the dedicated service performed by those that have been honored here today as well as the men and women who were lost on the battlefields and those who have since passed. After nearly a decade of working to secure the gold medal award, in 2008, Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren and I were finally able to see the Code Talkers Recognition Act enacted, and I am proud this long awaited ceremony has finally occurred.”
“It’s wonderful that United States Congress is honoring Code Talkers in this way,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Of course, the Cherokee Nation is proud of our contributions to multiple war efforts and our involvement with the Code Talkers, so it’s fitting we commemorate it, especially during Native American Heritage Month.”

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