SNRC to host Symposium on World War I Code Talkers

The Sequoyah National Research Center will be hosting a symposium from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology Auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The symposium’s theme, Untold Stories: American Indian Code Talkers of World War I, will feature speakers Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield, Judy Allen (Choctaw), Beth Lawless (Choctaw), Chantelle Standefer (Choctaw), Lanny Asepermy (Comanche), and John Henry Mashunkashey (Osage).

Topics include Indian Boarding Schools as Recruitment Centers and Comanche Code Talkers of World War I. Additional speakers will discuss the Choctaw Code Talkers and Osage involvement during the war.

The symposium is free and a light lunch will be provided. Teachers can earn up to four (4) professional development hours through attendance. Afternoon entertainment will feature songs of World War I by the Conway Women’s Chorus. At 1:45pm, the grand opening of the companion exhibit will take place.  Registration is limited. The deadline for registration will be Friday, October 27, so be sure to register soon.

Associated with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Sequoyah National Research Center maintains the largest collection of Native American expression in the world and works to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of Native North Americans.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact Erin Fehr at or call  501-569-8336.

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