Choctaw Code Talkers

Documentary | Valerie Red-Horse Mohl & Gale Anne Hurd

In 1918, not considered citizens of the U.S., Choctaw members of the U.S. American Expeditionary Forces were asked to use their native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I, setting a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon and establishing them as America’s original Code Talkers.

56 minutes

Release: October 2010

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL(Cherokee) is the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc. Red-Horse and her company have become the preeminent collaborator with American Indian tribal nations to bring important Native stories accurately and respectfully to the screen. Valerie’s body of work spans over two decades of film and television content creation and production; always providing insightful, sensitive and unique perspectives for both the historical and contemporary indigenous story. The Company’s premiere feature film, NATURALLY NATIVE, was an official Sundance Festival selection, which Red-Horse wrote, produced, co-directed, starred in and distributed.

Gale Anne Hurd

GALE ANNE HURD is known as the "First Lady of Sci-Fi,"; Hurd is a producer of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records. Hurd’s career as a Producer was launched when she produced and co-wrote THE TERMINATOR. This success was quickly followed by ALIENS, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, as well as the Academy Award winning films THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS.

Stacy Mahoney

STACY MAHONEY is proud to have been part of award winning documentaries and docu-follow series for HBO, BRAVO, CBS, Netflix, Nickelodeon and PBS. Her goal is always to tell stories that expand understanding and increase awareness.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.