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‘Sioux Code Talkers’ Author Coming to Siouxland Libraries

Siouxland Libraries will host a talk by first-time author Andrea Page at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, on Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kirkus Reviews calls her book, Sioux Code Talkers of World War II, “an engagingly written, deeply researched account of a little-known part of World War II.”

Many have heard of the Navajo Code Talkers, who used their native language as a secure means of communicating information on the battlefield. But the equal contributions of the Sioux are less well known.

Page’s great uncle, John Bear King, was one of the Sioux Code Talkers who used the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects to give the United States an edge in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

While classified as juvenile nonfiction, the book and Page’s talk will be of interest to all who wish to learn more about this critical time in U.S. history, as well as the culture and values of the Sioux.

A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, she has been an educator in Rochester, N.Y., for more than 30 years.

The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605 367 8745 or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries at 367-8700 or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.