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American Indian Code Talkers Focus of WKCTC Presentation November 12

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 languages as secret communication codes to battle the enemy.

On November 12, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer a free presentation to discuss the long-classified project that was one of the key reasons for the success of the United States during World War II.

Code Talkers: Native American Languages Used in the World Wars, which is part of WKCTCs diversity and inclusion series, will be held in WKCTCs Matheson Library from 11 a.m. to noon.

According to the National Museum of the American Indian, Code Talkers as they came to be known after World War II, were communications specialists. Their job was to send coded messages about troop movements, enemy positions, and other critical information on the battlefield. They are twentieth-century American Indian warriors and heroes who significantly aided the victories of the United States and its allies.

The presentation will examine the Native Americans that fought in our military, utilizing code from their languages that proved unbreakable by the enemy. An open discussion with the audience will be included following the presentation.

For more information about the presentation, contact Gail Bachuss at (270) 534-3167 or gail.bachuss@kctcs.edu.