Last Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talker laid to rest

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 3:41pm


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Louis Levi Oakes


Louis Levi Oakes passed away on May 28. He was 94.



Louis Levi Oakes, the last Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talker from World War II, was laid to rest June 1 at the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in northern New York. The U.S. army presided over the funeral. An honour guard was present and there was a fly over.

Many will remember Oakes from the day he was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations and Canada's House of Commons in December. He was one of 17 Akwesasne Mohawks recognized by the U.S. Congress as a Code Talker.

Code Talkers used Indigenous languages to help relay encrypted secure messages to Allied forces.

Oakes passed away on May 28. He was 94.

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