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Meskwaki Code Talkers recognition in Washington

November 22, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Family members and representatives of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa- Meskwakis- were scheduled to be in Washington D.C. for a ceremony honoring World War II?Code Talkers including eight of their own members on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley's Office said the following were scheduled to attend for the Meskwaki Code Talkers: Theresa Lynne Mahoney, descendant of Honoree Benson, Robert John Roberts, descendant of Honoree Roberts, Ramona NormaSanache, descendant of Honoree F. Sanache, Alvin Lee Sanache, descendant of Honoree W. Sanache, Melissa Rose Youngbear, descendant of Honoree M. Wabaunasee, Marguerite Youngbear Bass, descendant of Honoree Youngbear, Shirlene Fawn Seymour, descendant of Honoree Twin and Daniel Ray Waubanasee, descendant of J. Waubaunasee; Tribal representatives Robin Lee Roberts, Larry Craig Lasley Sr. and Ramakrishnamr Dhanwada; and Beatrice Youngbear, Tribal Council Member.

The Code Talkers are credited for radio communications in their own languages during the war effort with their messages never being deciphered by the enemy.

Article Photos

Eight Meskwaki Tribal members from Tama became code talkers with the Army's 34th Infantry Division. Their commander is far right in back row.

In addition, American Indian achievements in the Army and Marine Corps are depicted in a Pentagon display in Washington on loan this week from the Smithsonian Institution.

Posters, from the National Museum of the American Indian, feature American Indians' contribution to national defense, as part of November's American Indian Heritage Month observance.

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