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Volume 1  March, 2011

On day dedicated to Native Americans, a move to honor Hopi Tribe’s code talkers Read the entire article:
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Travis Yaiva, the last Hopi Code Talker, passed away in 2010

Arizona: Maxine Wadsworth’s father never told her that he was one of 10 Hopi tribal members who served as code talkers during World War II.  It wasn’t until she spoke with another code talker that she learned about Orville Wadsworth’s role.

Maxine and other Hopi tribal members soon began the push for legislation to recognize their service alongside other Native American code talkers. 

Recently, the Senate's Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted unanimously to endorse such a resolution. SCR 1009 would formally honor all 10 members of the Hopi Tribe who served as code talkers.

“The (Hopi) people have waited for something like this to happen for quite a while, especially those that knew from the beginning that they had contributed something very positive to the preservation of this country,” Wadsworth said.

SCR 1009 also encourages schools to teach about the contributions of the Hopi and other Native American code talkers.

During WWII, 17 tribes used their native languages to transmit messages for the U.S. military. Their efforts baffled enemy troops and were credited with saving countless lives.

“The Hopi people are very humble and don’t expect any glory or recognition, but for the most part they are supportive that we are finally recognizing the Hopi code talkers,” said Eugene Talas, director of Hopi Veterans affairs.

Hopi code talkers who would be honored under SCR 1009:
Franklin Shupla Warren Koiyaquaptewa Frank Chapella Travis Yaiva Charles Lomakema
Percival Navenma Perry Honani Sr. Floyd Dann Sr. Rex Pooyouma Orville Wadsworth

Orville Wadsworth died in 1969 from complications of alcoholism. Maxine said the resolution gives her family a positive

way to remember him. “It’s been very difficult seeing a man of honor … die in such a manner,” she said. “It was very difficult for my family, so this is closure for our family.”

Arthur Hubbard Sr. (in wheelchair), a Navajo former state senator, attends at a news conference at which lawmakers discussed plans to honor Native Americans who have served in the Arizona State Legislature.

Rosa Honani's grandfather, Perry Honani Sr. was also a Hopi codetalker. Rosa said Perry wouldn't want his code talker services recognized. “They took lives, and that’s something they didn’t want to be recognized for,” she said.

But Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa said Arizonans should know about the Hopi code talkers.  “We feel that it is important that the state of Arizona and this great nation of ours know the history of what our people did for this country,” he said.

There are no surviving Hopi code talkers.

SCR 1009 is headed to the Senate floor. Lawmakers are also discussing plans to honor the 14 Native Americans who served in previous legislative sessions. Some of these former lawmakers were present.

James Henderson, Navajo, was a State Senator from 1985 - 1998. He said such a resolution would recognize the hard work of Native American lawmakers. “A lot of them they did represent their people, and they did a lot of good for their districts,” he said.


 Volume 1
On Day Dedicated to Native Americans, A Move to Honor Hopi Tribe's Code Talkers
New Office to Serve as Advocates for Tribal Veterans 
Metis Livid About Proposed Status System
Saying NO to $1 Billion Dollars
New Images of Remote Brazil Tribe
Amazonian Indians More Advanced Than We Knew
Australia's Aborigines to Launch Political Party
Irish Travellers to Shed Light on Indigenous Research

Volume 2
Berenstain Bears to Speak Lakota
Students Tell Saanich Myths Through Computer Animation  
Children's Book Exhibit Depicts Native Path to Diabetes Prevention
Mentoring Program Coming to Kodiak
100% Knights to Create Career Pathways for Aboriginal Students
Arizona Culinary School Recruits American Indians, Now Available for Federal Financial Aid
Book Lets Great Lakes American Indians Tell Their Own Story
Volume 3
UN Declares 2011 the "International Year of Forests"
Think the Super Bowl Battle was Big? Fight Over Conservation Funding Looms Larger
Limit Set for Native Polar Bear Hunters Under International Treaty
White House: Tribes Fare Well in 2012 Budget
Ziebach County South Dakota: America's Poorest County
Top 5 Obama Regulations that American Businesses Hate Most
The Top 11 Corporate Cash Hoarders
Volume 4
Donna Karan Collaborates With an Indigenous Artist as Part of "Nomad Two Worlds" Art Exhibit
Alligator Wrestling and the Men Who Do It
Custer Flag to Be Sold by DIA
Museums Work to Credit the Individuals Behind Native American Artwork
All My Relations Gallery Showcase for Native Art
Grammy Winner Helps Locals Build, Understand Flutes
German TV Crew Films Program About Nokota Horses

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