Congress Honors Code Talkers, Including SD Tribes

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is honoring the service of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II, including several South Dakota tribes.

Members of Congress and hundreds of others gathered in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall on Wednesday for a ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to so-called code talkers.

Among 33 tribes who received formal recognition were the Yankton Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Congress earlier awarded the Gold Medal to code talkers in 2000 and 2008. Wednesday’s ceremony was for more than two dozen tribes not included in that initial honor.

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