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The public is cordially invited to the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society meeting on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 3:00 p. m. in the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library, Edgefield, SC.  The First Code Talkers: Choctaws is the subject for the meeting and will be presented by Tiajuana Cochnauer, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, who shares the beginnings of code talking in World War I and continued in World War II. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a Federally Recognized Tribe. 
Ms. Cochnauer will be teaching a short course beginning February, 2019, at the University of South Carolina Aiken Academy for Lifelong Learning: Choctaw Indians Yesterday and Today. The course will be three sessions: Where Have All the Choctaws Gone?, Choctaw Code Talkers, and Choctaw Music and Dance. 
She is an historian and contributor to Choctaw history housed in the Oklahoma Historical Society Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is on the Artist Registry of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her education includes a Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. She retired from the USDA Forest Service, serving at the national level of the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC as the Acting Director of the Office of Tribal Affairs and as Acting Director of the Office of Conservation Education. 
Refreshments will be served.

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