National American Indian Heritage Month - November 2015

This November 2015, we join in the Department of Defense celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month.We salute American Indians and Alaskan Natives who have served and who continue to serve our country with honor and pride. The DoD video included below features the history of American Indians' and Alaskan Natives' service in the US Armed Forces. ‪Read more about Native Americans' history and service to our Nation.

You can also learn about the Native American Code Talkers via our site and via the National Cryptologic Museum exhibit featuring their invaluable service to our country. Click here to learn more about the exhibit and about the Code Talkers or see detailed links listed below.

Department of Defense Video for NAIHM


The Native American Code Talker exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum was updated in 2015.

Learn more via Articles & Exhibit Info on our website.

  • Learn about the Native American Code Talker exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum - recently updated in 2015.

  • In November 2013, NSA proudly inducted the Native American Code Talkers into the NSA Cryptologic Hall of Honor. While each of the first 66 inductions since 1999 to the HoH were individuals, the Code Talkers were the first group to be added to the Hall of Honor. The official plaque was presented in April 2014 to the director of its new home, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Learn more...

  • In celebration of Black History Month 2015, enjoy this three part series by NBC Washington, News4's Barbara Harrison, and follow the life of James Pryde, a Tuskegee Airman who became one of the "invisible cryptologists." Also interviewed for the series is David Hatch, NSA Historian.

  • "The Code Talker," by Chester Nez with Judith Avila, is the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII. The book is dedicated to the 420 World War II Navajo Marine code talkers -- men who developed and implemented an unbreakable communications system that helped ensure the American defeat of the Japanese in the South Pacific...learn more...

  • "When US military codes kept being broken by the Germans in WW1 a Native American tribe came to the rescue. They just spoke their own language - which baffled the enemy - and paved the way for other Native American "code talkers" in WW2." Learn about the Choctaw soldiers of WWI.

  • Navajo Code Talkers' Radio Equipment - an acquisition for the National Cryptologic Museum.

Native American Code Talkers served in both world wars. Their frontline service, keeping U.S. tactical communications invulnerable to enemy eavesdroppers, saved thousands of American and Allied lives. This image was created to represent Native American Code Talkers as a group when they were inducted into the NSA Cryptologic Hall of Honor in 2013.

NSA graphic designers created the above image based on guidance from the Center for Cryptologic History that was based on their research. They created an image that would represent ALL Code Talkers regardless of tribe or nation. The image includes the eagle feather, which is a universal symbol among Native American Nations. It represents the greatest of creatures created by the Great Spirit. On top of the eagle feather are two lightning bolts, which have been used many times in history to represent military signals and communications.


Additional Info from Defense.gov Site

Below is some information and graphics related to National American Indian Heritage Month from the Department of Defense. Learn much more by visiting the DoD site.