LRI would like to pay our respects to Clarence Wolf Guts the Last Lakota code talker from WWII
Below is from the Todd County Tribune
Last Lakota code talker Clarence Wolf Guts dies at 86
When the towers of the World Trade Center f…ell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden.
Wolf Guts was in his late 70s at the time, so his son, Don Doyle, did not make the call, but said the request personified his father’s love of country.
“He still wanted to help. He was trying to still be patriotic,” Doyle said.
Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died Wednesday afternoon at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
A Native American code talker from World War II, Wolf Guts helped defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn’t translate.
“He’s the last surviving code talker from the whole (Lakota) nation. It’s going to be a little like the passing of an era,” Doyle said.
The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Native American code talkers from South Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to develop a Lakota code.
He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific campaign; Wolf Guts’ primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general to his chief of staff in the field.
Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1946, but the horrors of war followed him home and he turned to alcohol to forget, Doyle said.
“He tried to keep it all inside,” Doyle said.
About a decade ago, Wolf Guts started to share his experiences as a code talker with his son and the public.
Doyle said his father’s deeply religious way of life was also a part of the stories. He always thanked God for bringing him home.
With the sharing of his story came recognition of his service and honors, including national acknowledgement through the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 championed by senators Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and John Thune, R-S.D.
Both senators honored Wolf Guts efforts and offered their sympathies on Thursday night.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Clarence Wolf Guts. He and his fellow Code Talkers have had a lasting impact on the course of history and helped lead the Allies to success during World War II. He will be greatly missed, but his contributions to our state and nation will live on,” said Johnson.
“Clarence Wolf Guts was an American hero; he was courageous and self-sacrificing. I have a great deal of respect for Clarence and for the extraordinary contributions Mr. Wolf Guts made to our country. The efforts of the Lakota Code Talkers saved the lives of many soldiers, and for too long went unrecognized. Kimberley and I wish to express our sympathy to his family during this difficult time,” Thune said.
Doyle said his father was humbled by the recognition, but was proud of his service during the war. Wolf Guts’ desire to help others continued throughout his life well after the war ended.
“He considered himself just a man, nobody important. A man that tried to make life better for his family and his people. To me that is his legacy, to be able to help people,” Doyle said. “To him, that was being warrior.”
Anonymous asked: It was a long time ago lol just didn't get around to telling you
I couldnt find it :( but I really like that blog though hahahah
November is Native American Heritage Month
Anonymous asked: Have you seen what "torezforyou" has said about this blog?
No I haven’t hahah that’s weird that they would write about us. I don’t pay attention to a lot of other Native blogs. Theyre all really angry and stuff. Positive vibes~~~
osolage asked: That reply 2 love-ganja-music was legit. I'm mixed too and natives look at me like some black chick playing like I'm indian so ppl think my hair is real. I never feel NDN enough. It makes me sad. My hair is real dammit!
I really feel for you, do you know how people reacted when one of the Miss Navajo was half black? There will always be haters. Stay beautiful and keep your head high <3 and thank you :)
love-ganja-music asked: Hi, I just wanna ask if you've ever felt out of place. I do because I'm mixed with white and people look at me like I'm from a different planet. I don't dance or even go anywhere. I am afraid to brace it because of those judgments. I was denied dancing jingle because I'm mixed and that broke my heart. I'm still afraid to show my face at a powwow. ?
Sometimes I do when like I’m at my family’s house on the rez and everyone starts making fun of white people, its uncomfortable because my ex boyfriend was white. Honestly this isn’t the best advice but fuck what anybody has to say. there will always be judgement wherever you go. My ex’s family and friends hated brown people and talked down on them all the time, it was awkward sometimes because I knew they didn’t like my kind sometimes but they also respected me because I spoke up. Thats what you have to do, I know some people aren’t as strong, fearful or confronting as I am but that’s honestly sometimes that what it takes. Call people out on their racism, don’t tolerate it. Its hurtful and scary I understand because its so many of them. Dont allow others to make you feel less than you are and I think it is so disgusting that you went through that and I am so sorry. If you’re scared go to a powow in a pack of yourself and your friends. You shouldn’t be scared to go to a gathering of your people.
Do you, don’t live in fear. There may be haters but there is also people out there who would embrace you no matter what.
cassysmokescronic asked: I'm 100 % Miwok Native American and I'm proud as hell!
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mysoultoknow asked: Hi there. Im caucasian and cherokee mixed.(not sure how much) And im always thinking about natives who have passed. I can't even walk on the grass in my yard without thinking about them. Wondering if im displeasing them in any way. I think about them constantly, always paying them respects and I even want to plant seeds because I've heard this pleases them. Is this weird of me to think this way? Also any advice on how I can honor them?
Awh, that’s really sweet :) Its not weird, its cool that you’re conscious in some of your actions like walking on the grass. I don’t think our ancestors would be displeased with any of us, to a certain extent. Different ways on how you can honor them are:
1) Donating to different museums, or places that try to keep the culture alive.
2) Continue being respectful of the earth.
3) Inform others about Native American culture.
If there’s more that I think of, or that my followers tell me I will add them :)
brittanybatman asked: Dont tell me not to cop an attitude when I never had one to begin with, people stealing photos via tumblr is really irritating when your a photographer especially when credit isn't given when credit is due. Don't get pissy with me because you simply dont know how to credit a person's photo PLUS you covered my watermark!? How is that not stealing my photo? IDC If I submitted it you could at least give me the proper credit rather than covering MY watermark on MY photo, Thanks.
Thats the thing though, you’re honestly acting as if I went to YOUR blog, saw the picture and thought in my head “let me take this picture and put it on my blog”. YOU submitted it, if you’re submitting something I think that you wouldn’t throw a bitch fit over me using the picture and not crediting you. No one stole your picture, no one was out to get you, you’re getting upset over the fact that a picture you submitted was used, like you wanted, and I didn’t even think “maybe I should credit the picture so she doesn’t think were stealing”. The picture will get replaced, its fine. The way our pictures are edited is so that our blog name is at the bottom with the picture fading in, we weren’t purposely covering your watermark. Don’t get it twisted there. Honestly save the drama for things that actually matter.
Okay if one of you guys submit or ask a problem, something funny ect. Do you like when we respond to it or would you like it better if we just made the picture and deleted the submission? Also, would you guys like tags where it separates the pictures from questions and stuff like that?
Anonymous asked: a couple times a year i see Native American's performing what I'm assuming are traditional songs around my town. They usually follow this up by selling items such as bracelets and dream catchers. I wanted to ask if it was okay for me---a non native american--to purchase one of the bracelets? This is in England btw and I'm black.
Of course. Some may not think its appropriate and that’s fine, but in my eyes its okay. I wouldn’t get offended if I saw it. I would actually be very happy about it.
Today’s Christopher Columbus day? Hes so irrelevant I totally forgot.