UTTC honors WWI servicemen

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BISMARCK, N.D. - This year marks 100 years since the end of World War I. Numerous ceremonies are being held to commemorate the event.

This Sunday United, Tribes Technical College is honoring Native American servicemen from the state's five governing tribes.

Families and descendants of the First World War are invited to take part along with veterans and others attending the Powwow.

"It's unique, in that we weren't considered American citizens until after world war one," said United Tribes Technical College Chairman Dave Flute.

Native Americans became U.S. citizens in 1924.

The book Warriors in Khaki written by Ann and Michael Knudson of Bismarck provided a wealth of material on Native American veterans including Code Talkers.

Code Talkers used the Lakota language to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher.

"There was Lakota code talkers during World War One and so one of the families from Standing Rock Sioux tribe has actually provided a medal that they received as a Lakota code talker to the United Tribes Technical Colleges," said United Tribes Technical College President Dr. Leander McDonald.