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National Native American Heritage Month
November 2013
In proclaiming November National Native American Heritage Month, President Barack Obama noted that American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of tribes have shaped our national life. As the nation recognizes their vibrant cultures, the Defense Department honors service members of Native American heritage for their contributions and sacrifice to the nation in this special report. Proclamation

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Native American Code Talkers Get Congressional Gold Medal

Native American “code talkers” who transmitted codes based on 33 tribal dialects during World Wars I and II so enemies could not decipher them have been hailed as patriots at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony. Story

Word Power: How Native American Code Talkers Helped to Win Wars

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 what would prove to be among the United States’ most powerful weapons: language. Story

Pentagon Exhibit Highlights American Indian Wartime Achievements

American Indian achievements in the Army and Marine Corps are depicted in a Pentagon display on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Story

Lincoln Sailors Participate in Native American Heritage Fair

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln learned about America's first culture at a Native American Heritage Fair organized by the Diversity Council Nov. 13, 2013. Story

November Marks Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the history and contributions Native Americans and Alaska Natives make to the nation. Story

Smithsonian Highlights Native American Contributions

DOD's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity will be sharing the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian "Native Words, Native Warriors" display, Nov. 13-15, 2013. Story | More Information


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