Andrea M. Page



Andrea M. Page wrote her debut book about her great-uncle John Bear King’s service as an Indian Code Talker in WWII (Pacific Theater). While on the twenty-year journey to becoming a published author, she helped lobby for and attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring all Indian Code Talkers. Page, a teacher in Rochester, New York, is currently Co-President of the Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators and a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. 

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1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor Exhibit Hall
Book Talk
Sioux Code Talkers of World War II

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Sioux Code Talkers of World War II

In World War II, code-making and code-breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma Cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well-known are the Sioux Code Talkers using the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects.

Told by the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry in the Pacific Theatre as a Sioux Code Talker, this comprehensively informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war, but also their culture and values. The Sioux Code Talkers of World War II follows seven Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against Japan. With a personal touch and a deft eye for engaging detail, author Andrea M. Page brings the Lakota story to life.


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