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Code talkers are focus of online Smithsonian event

Diné (Navajo) code talkers Cpl. Henry Bahe Jr. and PFC George H. Kirk. Bougainville, South Pacific, December 1943. (National Archives photo No. 127-MN69889-B).

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is scheduled to host a special online event about the Native American code talkers.

The code talkers are known for their contributions during World War I and World War II. They assisted U.S. Armed Forces by transmitting secret communications during military battles and campaigns using their tribal languages. It helped save the lives of Americans and allies.

“Native American Code Talkers: A Lasting Legacy” takes place May 19 at 2 p.m. (EST).

The event will feature author, anthropologist and historian William C. Meadows of Missouri State University, and Alexandra Harris, NMAI senior editor and coauthor of “Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces.”

After the session, attendees are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session.

The event is free, but registration through Zoom is required.

For more on the event and the history of the code talkers, pick up the May 31, 2021, print edition of the Seminole Tribune.

Damon Scott
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