In 1917, Choctaw Indian were not citizens of the United States. The language the Choctaws spoke was considered obsolete. That same language later helped bring about a successful end to the first World War. Of more than 10,000 Native Americans service in WWI, a number of Choctaw soldiers "confounded German eavesdroppers".
In 1924, a Congressional Act granted Indians citizenship of the United States. Without the help of our Choctaw Heroes, this may have taken longer. We still maintain dual citizenship.
In World War II (WWII), there were 4 Code Talkers, documented as Class II Code Talkers. A Class II Code Talker was not formally trained and used their native language "in the open" substituting English words when there was no word for military terms in the Choctaw language.
A MEDAL TO HONOR OUR HEROES has been approved and is underway.
looking back in 2010:
"The Choctaw Code Talkers Documentary aired on PBS Oct. 23, 2010
Passing of the gavel took place Labor day at Tuskahoma Past President: Evangeline Wilson to Nuchi Nashoba, President.
Youth Advisory board presented money To CCTA for future statue of Code Talkers.
Quilt of Code Talkers hand made by Dianna Pannell will go to highest bidder as a fundraiser.
Book project underway by author Patric Calzada.
Choctaw Code Talkers received Patriotism award at First annual Drum Awards in Durant.
Choctaw Code Talkers added to Texas Trail of Fame, Fort Worth, TX.
Presentations to Chief Pyle, Mjr. Gen Sisco, Rep. Dan Boren given by CCTA at Veterans Day Ceremony for there involvement in Congressional Medals