May 30, 2019
AKWESASNE — The last remaining Mohawk code talker, Louis Levi Oakes, died on Tuesday at the age of 94.
Oakes lived in Akwesasne for much of life but served in the U.S. military for six years during the Second World War, where he became one of the famous code talkers. These Indigenous soldiers used their traditional languages as a code for transmitting information that could not be broken if intercepted because they had no access to anyone who could understand the words.
With Oakes’ passing, all of the code talkers who used the Mohawk language during the war are now gone.
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