World War II code talker honored

NEW TOWN Family members of Everette Dale “Johnny” Bear, of the Fort Berthold Reservation, traveled to Poplar, Mont., this weekend where Bear was posthumously honored by the Fort Peck tribes as a World War II code talker.

He was among members of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes who were honored in Poplaron Saturday.

Everette Bear’s son, Keith Bear, of New Town, said his father was originally from Fort Peck but lived on Fort Berthold for many years until his death in 1961. He said his father was to receive a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.

Military veterans from Fort Berthold also were planning to attend the honoring in Poplar.

“Code talkers” refers to Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a secret communication during wartime. The enemies could not decode the native languages and ultimately, the lives of servicemembers were saved.

In November 2013, code talkers from the Fort Peck tribes and other tribes were honored in a congressional ceremony in Washington, D.C.