Web Resources on Navajo Code Talkers
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Native Worlds, Native Warriors
This is an online exhibition about Code Talkers. It is divided into six sections: Native languages, code talking, survival, boarding schools, coming home, and recognition. Links to resources and lesson plans are also provided.
Teaching with Documents: Memorandum Regarding the Enlistment of Navajo Indians
This site provides information on the U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker program, highlighting Maj. Gen. Clayton B. Vogel’s March 26, 1942, memo recommending the recruitment of Navajo men for the project.
This is the actual dictionary used by the military during WWII. It was declassified under Department of Defense directive 5200.9.
Prepared by the Navy & Marine Corps WWII Commemorative Committee
http://www.oklachahta.org/ (Click on Traditions, then scroll to Code Talkers link.)
Towards the end of WWI, fourteen Choctaw men in the US Army's Thirty-Sixth Division used their language to communicate military messages. The language functioned like a code and helped the American Expeditionary Force to win several key battles in France.
This entire website is devoted to codes and ciphers, how to make them, their history, and characters to play games with using the information—plus links for students and parents.
Arizona Public Media's Mark McLemore talks with Zonnie Gorman, coordinator of the exhibition and daughter of Navajo Code Talker Carl Gorman.
Arizona Illustrated produced a segment based on the exhibition, aired July 28, 2009.
Zonnie Gorman, the daughter of Carl Gorman who was one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, talks about the Code Talkers' important heritage of bravery within both the Navajo Nation and the United States.
Podcast originally produced by UA News. Interview by Jeff Harrison.
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