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Native American Veterans (Grade 9)

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Native American Veterans

1. 
Despite all the injustices suffered by Native Americans at the hands of the U.S. Government, thousands of Native American men and women served with honor in World War Two. What contribution to the war effort do many historians feel is the most unique?
  1. battlefield medicine
  2. reconnaissance
  3. code talking
  4. feats of engineering
2. 
Besides World War Two, in what other war did Native Americans use their language to transmit messages electronically?
  1. World War One
  2. Spanish American War
  3. Civil War
  4. War of 1812
3. 
Which branch of the military first recruited Navajo code talkers in 1941 and 1942?
  1. Marines
  2. Army
  3. Navy
  4. Air Force
4. 
Some code talkers, as young as                , lied about their ages so they could enlist.
  1. 14
  2. 15
  3. 16
  4. 17
5. 
Beside the Navajo Nation, there were Native Americans from more than a dozen tribes working as code talkers.
  1. True
  2. False
6. 
The Navajo code talkers used a(n)                 word for each letter of the English alphabet.
  1. tree
  2. weather
  3. animal
  4. vegetable
7. 
Here is part of the key to the Navajo code system:
LETTERNAVAJO WORDENGLISH WORD
CMOASICat
DLHA-CHA-EHDog
EDZEHElk
ITKINIce
ONE-AHS-JAHOwl
RGAHRabbit
VJEESHOOViper


Use the key to translate the following coded message:

MOASI NE-AHS-JAH LHA-CHA-EH DZEH GAH DZEH MOASI DZEH TKIN JEESHOO DZEH LHA-CHA-EH



8. 
For many Native Americans, military service is an extension of their                       traditions. Others serve for love of home and                     .
9. 
Who is the most decorated Native American soldier in U.S. history, having earned 42 medals and citations in three wars?
  1. Lori Piestewa
  2. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.
  3. Pascal C. Poolaw Sr.
  4. Van Barfoot
10. 
Native Americans served the war effort in many different ways, including working in defense industries. Students from Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania built                 during World War I.
  1. bridges
  2. ships
  3. army jeeps
  4. airplanes
11. 
Approximately 20,000 Native Americans fought in the Civil War, most of them for the Confederacy. What might have motivated Native Americans to fight the U.S. government?



12. 
Clarence Leonard Tinker attained the highest military rank ever among Native Americans when the U.S. Army promoted him to                                      in 1942.
  1. brigadier general
  2. major general
  3. lieutenant general
  4. general
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