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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

News Stories

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

Profiles

Leland Livingston

U.S. Air Force Civilian

Leland Livingston is the Real Property Specialist for the 65th Civil Engineer Squadron, 65th Mission Support Group, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes... More

Maj. Maureen A. Trujillo

U.S. Air Force

Major Maureen A. Trujillo is the Assistant Director of Operations for the 571st Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (GMRS)... More

Lt. Ronney Wright

U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Wright is currently assigned as Chief, Inspections Division at U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City. In this... More

Gayle C. Blue-Keyes

U.S. Air Force Civilian

Gayle C. Blue-Keyes is the Director, Information Protection, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. In this capacity, she ... More

Joseph Ruybe

U.S. Coast Guard

Retired Chief Petty Officer Joseph Ruybe is a native of El Paso, Texas. After receiving his high school diploma from W. H. Burgess High ... More

Walter Harris

Defense Information Systems Agency

Walter Harris currently serves as the Section Chief for Technical Support at the Defense Information Technology Contacting... More

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