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Editor's Note: This article by Mark Charles was originally published on Native News Online on August 14, 2016. 

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkers Day and it is good that, as a nation, we remember and honor these hundreds of courageous men for their service to our country. On the Navajo Reservation, in Window Rock AZ, there is a statue erected in their honor with a plaque commemorating their service. I would like to share with you the words of this plaque and the names of each of the Code Talkers, but first I would like to give you some of the broader historical context that these men literally came out of.

Redwolf Pope was in Washington at the Native Nations Rise March on DC on March 10, 2017. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert 
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SANTA FE — Redwolf Pope, 41, has been showing up at American Indian events for decades, including demonstrations against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock. He was on hand outside the White House in Lafayette Square on March 10, 2017 for the Native Nations Rise March on DC along with thousands of American Indians and their allies showing support for Standing Rock's fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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PHOENIX — Native American activist Redwolf Pope, 41, was arrested on rape charges in Phoenix, Arizona from charges filed by the Santa Fe Police Department.

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YUMA, Ariz. — A Yuma, Arizona television station has obtained video footage of 10 officers beating Jorden Stevens, a tribal citizen of the Cocopah Indian Tribe, to death on February 15, 2017. News 11 aired some of the footage on Wednesday.

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MANDAN, N.D. — Standing Rock Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis, a Denver, Colorado resident, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on Wednesday afternoon. She was given credit for the 18 months she has already served. After her release, Fallis will be on a three-year supervised probation period. Her release will include a drug and alcohol treatment program.

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WASHINGTON - World-class athlete Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin near Prague in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, on May 28, 1888. Thorpe’s versatile talents earned him the distinction of being chosen, in 1950, the greatest football player and the greatest American athlete of the first half of the twentieth century by American sports writers and broadcasters.

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HOLLYWOOD - The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Alaska Native actor Martin Sensmeier will play legendary Jim Thorpe in a new movie that will be produced by Angelina Jolie. The new movie is called "Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story."

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Oakland, California-David Michael Karabelinkoff and allies are silk screening bandannas and shawls for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman in Oakland, California. They are creating these works of art at the Greenpeace Warehouse in Oakland.

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint officially announced the reverse (tails) design of the 2018 Native American $1 coin. The coin's theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe.