Featured Document Display: Honoring Native American Soldiers' World War I Service

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Wednesday, December 4, 2019
East Rotunda Gallery

When the U.S. entered World War I, American Indians volunteered to serve despite a long history of discrimination against indigenous people and their traditional culture. Many Native Americans weren’t even recognized as U.S. citizens. In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month and Veterans Day, a collection of World War I records will be exhibited to highlight one of the unique ways that Native American soldiers used their language and cultural heritage to serve the country. 

East Rotunda Gallery, October 10 through December 4, 2019.

Letter from the Commanding Officer of the 142nd Infantry to the Commanding General of the 36th Division, stating how messages would be transmitted during World War I in Choctaw as the enemy "could not decipher the messages."
Letter from the Commanding Officer of the 142nd Infantry to the Commanding General of the 36th Division, stating how messages would be transmitted during World War I in Choctaw as the enemy "could not decipher the messages."

National Archives, Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I)
View in the National Archives Catalog