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AKWESASNE, N.Y. (AP) - A 91-year-old Native American man who used Mohawk language to transmit secret messages during World War II has been honored with a Congressional Silver Medal.

Code talker Louis Levi Oakes was honored Saturday at the Mohawk Indian reservation where he lives in northern New York.

The Congressional Silver Medal also was awarded to several Mohawk code talkers who are deceased. They were accepted by surviving family members at a ceremony attended by around 900 people.

Oakes grew up in Akwesasne (og-wuh-SAHZ'-nee) and served in the U.S. Army. He received his assignment to work with codes at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

During the war, Native American languages were used to send messages that were never deciphered by the enemy.

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