During Native American Heritage Month last November, Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, to American Indians who used their native languages to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.
Members of congress, the senate, the military, tribal chiefs and some of the surviving code talkers and descendants of code talkers gathered in Emancipation Hall to honor the 33 tribes for their war time contributions. Congress previously awarded the gold medal to the Navajo Code Talkers in 2008. This ceremony was for those tribes not included in that initial honor.
Transcript of ceremony pending.
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