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August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Members of the Navajo Code Talkers attended the 2012 Fourth Annual Tribal Nations Conference at the United States Department of Interior in Washington DC Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The Navajo Code Talkers were members of the United States Armed Forces who sent coded messages in the Navajo language during World War II to confuse enemy interception of the messages. Members of the Obama Administration discussed the gains and progress concerning Native American Tribal Nations.

US – National Spirit of ’45 Day honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on August 14. The day rememebers Navajo Native Americans who helped communications in the middle of War.

During WW2 enemies continued to monitor and decipher communications from the US using vital mititary information to hold back the US advances in the Pacific. The Navajo Code Talkers were Native Americans who were fluent in a secret language and English that helped keep secret information from the enemy.

Code was to communicate military messages during combat and proved to be an immensely valuable asset in the war effort. Code Talkers Day is a time to reflect on the important contribution and to celebrate the richness of Native cultures.

Only three code talkers are still alive, the last man Samuel Sandoval died at 98.

“The Navajo people mourn the loss of a grandfather, father, brother and uncle who dedicated his life to uplift communities. Navajo Code Talker Sam Sandoval lived a life where character, courage, honor, and integrity guided his journey,” said Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon in a press release.