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Old 11-20-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Today, Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Native American Code Talkers from 33 tribes for their contributions during WWI and II.

While the Navajo Code Talkers are well known to most Americans, servicemembers from the Comanche, Meskwaki, Sioux, Crow, Seminole, Hopi and Cree nations, among others, also took part in the program. The codes -- developed from their native languages -- used in the European and Pacific campaigns were never broken.
Learn more about the Code Talkers here Defense.gov News Article: Word Power: How Code Talkers Helped to Win Wars
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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What took us so long , well I notice that the Black Foot Tribe Language wasn't used as code....
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Ok
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I knew Charlie Chibitty. He was a good man. It's too bad this couldn't have been done when he and more of the other code talkers were still alive.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Ok
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I notice that the Black Foot Tribe Language wasn't used as code....
Your point? There are hundreds of native languages.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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I knew Charlie Chibitty. He was a good man.
Yeah, he was a great guy. His grandson is on here under the name of Fullback32 I think. He lives in Colorado Springs, last I heard.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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Your point? There are hundreds of native languages.
If I remember correctly, the Navajo language is one that uses both inflection (different from accent) and context for the same word and it will have different meanings. It also has more verbs than nouns. Basically, without a Navajo-XXX dictionary and grammar book, it is nearly impossible to decode. Other known native languages don't have this and it is why it was used in WWII against the Japanese in particular.

Considering how difficult it is, maybe it should be redeployed in forward areas. I'm sure Taliban and al-Qaeda officers all speak the Infidel's language quite well and communications tech is cheap.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Jenks, Ok
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If I remember correctly, the Navajo language is one that uses both inflection (different from accent) and context for the same word and it will have different meanings. It also has more verbs than nouns. Basically, without a Navajo-XXX dictionary and grammar book, it is nearly impossible to decode. Other known native languages don't have this and it is why it was used in WWII against the Japanese in particular.

Considering how difficult it is, maybe it should be redeployed in forward areas. I'm sure Taliban and al-Qaeda officers all speak the Infidel's language quite well and communications tech is cheap.
There were lots of languages used. Chibitty was Comanche.
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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One of my co-workers was there, accepting on behalf of his uncle. He was Pawnee. Several OK tribes were represented among the codetalkers.
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