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Intentional or mistake, tribe called "alcoholic" at Code Talker Gold Medal Ceremony.

A Tribe Named Alcoholic? Closed Caption Gaffe at Code Talker Ceremony

Vincent Schilling
11/21/13

Yesterday during the Code Talker Gold Medal Ceremony, a closed caption screen situated in full view of the entire audience displayed the word “Alcoholic” during the medal presentations to each tribe in attendance.

The press spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, Michael Steel says the incident was a serious mistake made by the close-caption company working for the Capitol.

In an email from Steel who apologized for taking a while to respond because they had to figure out the issue, explained accordingly:

“Closed captioning services for all major congressional events are provided by a private company that has no affiliation with the House or Senate. Unfortunately, the individual transcribing today’s event apparently mis-heard the word “Choctaw.” The transcription company was given a list of the tribes before the ceremony, so this should not have happened, and we will make a full inquiry,” wrote Steel.

“Obviously, the Speaker deeply regrets this offensive error by the transcribing service.”

Yesterday at 11 am, Native American Code Talkers from 33 tribes were honored at our nation’s capitol in Washington D.C. and were awarded Congressional Gold Medals.

RELATED: Code Talkers From 33 Tribes Receive Congressional Gold Medals

Senatorial and Congressional notables were present at the awards ceremony to include House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Tom Cole, (R-OK), Ron Kind (D-WI), Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).

Also in attendance were family members and tribal leaders representing the Native Code Talkers as well as 96-year-old Edmond Harjo.

The event was live-streamed on www.Speaker.Gov/Live and is now on YouTube (The gaffe appears at the 39:40 mark).

ICTMN has tried to contact the individual in charge of the close-captioning services, but has of yet to receive a response.

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Michael Madrid's picture
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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
How does Choctaw sound like Alcoholic? Speaker Boehner is quick to judge when it comes to technical errors, but he doesn't make much of this problem here. I'm more inclined to believe this was done on purpose. I work with keyboards all day long so I can't see how this was entered by mistake. I'm also a disabled veteran with severe hearing loss and I've never made a mistake of this magnitude. When I'm not sure what I heard, I always ask twice and then confirm it BEFORE publishing or printing it.

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Submitted by Whitethunder on
Choctaw doesn't even come close to looking like or sounding like alcoholic. I think there might be more behind this. Any person of reasonable intelligence would not make a mistake like this.

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Submitted by Raul Sora, MD on
This accident regarding the closed caption company should be considered a true "Freudian slip" regarding the personification of Native Americans by persons who are not Native American. It was a ceremony that honored Native Americans who volunteered as Marines to save American servicemen(who were not Native Americans, not African-Americans) in the Second World War. It proved the generosity, bravery and love of country that the Native Americans have demonstrated time and again. The white American person's relationship with Native American peoples has always been distorted by the "Ubermench/Undermench" mentality that has justified all the tragic interactions with the tribes. It always helps to dehumanize those persons whom you seek to destroy. They are sick, deviant,lazy,depraved and addicted and hence don't deserve the bounty of the land or its resources that you want to take from them. When HItler did this to justify his killing of Poles and Russians to colonize their lands, he was considered among the greatest mass murderers in the history of the world. When President Grant with Senator Sherman decided to implement the destruction of the Native Tribes west of the Mississppi, it was called, "Manifest Destiny." That's why it matters.

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Submitted by brenda darnell on
what some inconsiderent assholes who put that up there they know who did it-they cant hel pbut know-those men are the reason we have a country and freedom-because you damn sure wouldnt have won the war without them-GOD BLESS ALL THE NATIVE AMERICANS THAT FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM AND THANK YOU

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Submitted by Mike Ameelyenah on
JUST ANOTHER WAY TO TRY AN HUMILIATE NATIVE AMERICANS,I KNOW IT WAS SOME WHITE PERSON SAYING MY GRANDFATHER WAS IN THE WAR HE DIDN'T GET NO MEDAL,HE WASN'T A CODE TALKER.I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE WHITE RACE...SMH

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Submitted by sybil johnson on
What an astrocious thing to happen during a ceremony that was to honor those Native Americans who were Code Talkers, during WW11! Whose idea or careless stupidity put this out and why--to embarass or degrade those who deserved this great honor after all these years and their Service to this Country!

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Submitted by mgb on
I hate to be cynical but this was done intentionally by whoever entered the information into the system. The person who entered the info needs to be fired.

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BJ Tuininga
Submitted by BJ Tuininga on
Seriously, How do you mistake the word Alcoholic for Choctaw! They don't even sound alike. That is an outrageous excuse!

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Diana Wright
Submitted by Diana Wright on
Please provide to your readers and on facebook the name address and telephone number of the close-caption service hired by Congress. It is a public contract and should be accessible to all. Clearly Mr. Steel is attempting to distance himself and House Speaker John Boehner from the slander, but if Congress contracted with the close-captioning service it is equally clear where the responsibility needs to be placed.

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Submitted by Frybread.. on
I would like to know the validity of this pic...Any info or links would be appreciated......

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I could see how this could easily be a mistake. Whenever I'm typing a list of things somehow something offensive and totally unrelated pops into the list. For instance, just the other day I was making a grocery list. I jotted down the things we needed for the weekend, then that one unrelated pesky thing just jumped onto the page. Milk flour corn beans asshole bread

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hammertime
Submitted by hammertime on
the congressman at this cerimony are really not worthy of handing out the medals and rewards to these men.... Most of the folks in washington are alcholics and degenerates.....it always has been this way. Either way, its a pretty stupid mistake for anyone with any common sense to make.

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hammertime
Submitted by hammertime on
the congressman at this cerimony are really not worthy of handing out the medals and rewards to these men.... Most of the folks in washington are alcholics and degenerates.....it always has been this way. Either way, its a pretty stupid mistake for anyone with any common sense to make.
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