||August 8, 2008
Price: $14.95 (eBook)
A history of American Indian service in the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War to modern times.
Part 1: Native Warriors: Myth vs. Reality - This section examines and reveals the true nature of the American Indian warrior and dispells the myths about "bloodthirsty" savages.
Part 2: From Freedom Fighters to Rough Riders (U.S. military conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War)
Part 3: Doughboys and Leathernecks (World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan)
Part 4: Enemies and Allies - The Paradox of Native American Service
Appendix I: Profiles in Service (The service record of several prominent individual American Indian soldiers)
Appendix II: The Record of Service (Numbers of American Indians serving in various wars; American Indian recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor)
The least known and most underappreciated aspect of Native American service during World War I was probably the use made of a tribal language to send coded messages that the Germans never broke. According to a report filed by Army Field Commanding Officer Colonel A.W.Bloor, the Germans were masters at listening in and decoding all U.S. Army field communications during the war in Europe. Every planned battle or maneuver was efficiently thwarted by the German forces, who obviously knew what was coming. America was losing the war.
It was in 1918 that a group of Choctaw soldiers presented the idea of using their so-called "obsolete" tribal language as a code. Having exhausted every other means of transmitting coded information, military commanders felt it was worth trying. One Choctaw was placed at each of the Allied field camps to send and receive messages in the Choctaw language. The first use of the system came in October of that year, when a delicate withdrawal of two American infantry companies was ordered. When the movement was completed without mishap or injury, Army Command knew it was on to something.
“This extensively researched and easily read book, which speaks of our American Indian Veterans, is important to our national history. It reveals the little known and unappreciated contributions made by generations of American Indian people who have fought and died protecting their and our country’s freedom, far too often, in the face of overwhelming prejudice and discrimination. "From Warriors to Soldiers" portrays the true nature of the American Indian warrior and corrects stereotypes created by the media and movies. I recommend it to very American interested in the cultural fabric of our great nation. It should be read and studied, especially, by the intellects, scholars, educators and others teaching our young citizens and children of this chapter of true American history.”
Brig. Gen. Stan E. Brown USAF/ret.
Chairman, RNC M&MC
Member, Dept of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials
National Indian Education Association
Understanding the motives and actions of American Indians has always been hard for the general public, but this has never deterred American Indians from acting from the heart. Today, men and women continue to enlist in all branches of the armed services, and their tribal communities carry on proud traditions that include honoring those who’ve participated in the defense of their homeland. "From Warriors to Soldiers" tells the untold story of what they’ve done and why they’ve done it.
NIEA News / Fall 2008
Cowboys & Indians magazine
Drawing upon citations, military records, tribal memorabilia and interviews with some 40 scholars and veterans, Cherokee-Choctaw writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson and filmmaker Phil Lucas present a history of Native Americans in the military from the American Revolution through the Gulf conflicts. Of particular interest are the Indians’ personal and cultural reasons for serving, as well as the traditional native purging ceremonies that helped veterans integrate back into society. This book offers a unique look at a long-neglected realm of American history.
Cowboys & Indians / April 2009
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