Native American Code Talkers have served an integral part in defending our Nation
These men served the United States with valor, especially considering the U.S. Government’s subpar treatment of American Indians. The Code Talkers fought for a country that made many legal efforts to terminate their existence and culture. Yet still, American Indians constitute the highest per-capita ethnic group to serve in the Armed Forces, a tradition that stems from the Code Talkers’ legacy.
Insufficient Efforts to Federally Recognize the Code Talkers
The Long Road Ahead
According to an article in the Washington Post, it is a difficult task to create a national holiday. Only four federal holidays have been added to calendar in the past 100 years. Federal holidays cost taxpayers $200 million per day (figure from 1999).
However, considering the trend of local and state level governments to rename Columbus Day (a day whose origin was as an PR tactic to counter then-widespread anti-Italian immigrant sentiment) as Indigenous Peoples Day, individuals have the power to reclaim a day for something more positive, powerful, and patriotic.
Please let us begin towards creating a national recurring day to commemorate the patriotism of our Native Americans and Veterans. The contributions of the smallest group can have the largest effects, and so can your signature on this important petition.
Support for this national holiday is given by the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Veterans Affairs Committee, Vietnam Veterans of America (#23), the Native Community Network, and those who have signed our online petition.
Watch interviews of Navajo Code Talkers curated at this video archive.
19 soldiers from the Choctaw Nation were among the first code talkers in World War I.