Congress to honor 30 Native American tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation will be among more than 30 tribes receiving a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.

Representatives from 33 tribes across the country will be on hand at the U.S. Capitol in Washington for the ceremony.

Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II. Each tribe will be presented with a gold medal.

Cherokee Nation Veterans Representative Raymond Vann says the medal ceremony is one way to recognize the importance of Native Americans' service in the defense of the U.S. Vann says many served despite federal government policies at the time being unfriendly.

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