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Sioux Code Talkers of World War II Hardcover – February 27, 2017
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Once forced onto reservations and forbidden to speak their own language, the Sioux Native Americans became national heroes when they joined the armed forces after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Serving under General MacArthur, seven Sioux men formed a small unit, known as the Lakota Code Talkers. Communicating in their native dialect, these brave men crossed enemy lines and relayed classified information coded in their secret language.
Written by the grandniece of John Bear King, a member of the Lakota Code Talkers, Sioux Code Talkers of World War II details the account of seven Sioux men fighting in the Pacific Theater alongside the cavalry that had once nearly wiped out their tribe. Included are extensive research, documentation never before shared with the public, and actual radio messages translated into Lakota, shedding light on the critical role Native Americans played in World War II.
A descendent of the Sioux Native American tribe herself, Andrea M. Page has compiled over twenty years of research into her debut history title, Sioux Code Talkers of World War II. She graduated from St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, earning a bachelor of science in psychology and education and a master of arts in reading. Page is a sixth-grade English language arts teacher in Rochester, New York, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. A passionate children’s author, she is a member of Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In her free time, Page enjoys running half-marathons and golfing.
From the Back Cover
When the attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into World War II, reliable means of communication were crucial and scarce. With a wealth of knowledge about the English language and its colloquialisms, Japanese cryptographers were deciphering American battle plans at a feverish pace. The US Armed Forces were perplexed, and every moment the dilemma went unsolved resulted in more deaths.
Although Native Americans were not aware of it when they responded to the call to protect their homelands, their complex native languages could offer a solution. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well-known are the Sioux Code Talkers, who used the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects. Serving under General MacArthur, seven Sioux Indian men formed a small unit and were allowed to send coded messages back and forth. They risked their lives sneaking behind enemy lines to gather information and to relay their top-secret messages back to headquarters.
Told by the grandniece of John Bear King, who served as a Sioux Code Talker, this comprehensive volume explores the pivotal role that indigenous peoples played in the war. Along with several actual radio messages translated into Lakota, Sioux Code Talkers of World War II is the story of the brave Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against Japan.