How were Native Americans treated?
- no longer treated as a "vanishing race"
- encouraged to sign up for service
- some were segregated in the army based on skin color
- respected for fighting prowess
How did they respond to such treatment?
- Some avoided the draft
- couldn't do much against segregation
What did Native Americans contribute to the war effort?
- Code talkers: undecipherable language used by various tribes for communication
- Most well know code talkers: Navajo (extremely complex)
- 44,000 served in the army
- Thousands went to work in the factories
- bought $50 million worth of war bonds
Similarities between Women and Native Americans
- They worked in factories and other types of war industry.
- Both were extremely useful in the army; Native Americans were the most useful as radio operators, and women were clerks, typists, and mechanics.
- A fraction of both women and Native Americans did not go back to their old ways of life.
- Both signed up for service in the army, with the women serving in the Women's Army Corps (WACs).
Differences between Women and Native Americans
- More Native Americans ended up in actual combat.
- After the war, women were released from their jobs at a rapid rate so the men coming back from the war could take their jobs.
- Native Americans had little access to healthcare.
The sun will not dim at its zenith.
Both Native Americans and women eagerly participated in the war effort for their nation. We respect their hard work and commitment to the fight against the Axis powers during the war. Their willingness to help out our nation in whatever way it could is extremely admirable and respectable to all.