LOCAL NEWS

Navajo Nation breaks ground on National Code Talkers Museum

Aug 15, 2022, 4:43 PM
One of three surviving Navajo Code Talkers, Peter McDonald, broke ground on the Navajo Nation Code ...
One of three surviving Navajo Code Talkers, Peter McDonald, broke ground on the Navajo Nation Code Talkers museum. (Navajo Nation)
(Navajo Nation)

Tsé Bonito, NM — Sunday was National Navajo Code Talkers day and it was a fitting time to break ground on a new museum to honor the Code Talkers who used the Navajo language to create an unbreakable code that helped win World War II.

“We pay tribute to all Navajo Code Talkers for their courageous service in World War II and beyond. At the time of their enlistment, they were young Navajo men who answered the call of duty and unknowingly built a legacy for the Navajo people,” Navajo President Jonathan Lizer said. “Their contribution to the country is recognized throughout the world.”

More than 500 people were on hand for the event including Nez, Marine Corps Commander Lt. General David Bellon, and U.S. Representative Tom O’Hallerman from Arizona.

“This museum and veterans center should have been completed years ago, and it will be a gathering place to hear their stories,” Navajo Nation Speaker Seth Damon said. “We now break ground to make this massive project a reality, and we are forever grateful to our Navajo warriors in uniform for protecting our freedom and way of life.”

“The Museum will tell the legacy of our Navajo warriors, and our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to learn and remember how resilient we are as Diné people,” Nez said.

The state of New Mexico committed more than $1 million for the design and building of the museum in 2019.

There are three surviving Navajo Code Talkers, Peter MacDonald a former Navajo Nation President, Thomas H. Begay, and John Kinsel Sr.

The Navajo Nation sits in four states, including Utah in the Four Corners area.

President Ronald Reagan Navajo Code Talker declared August 14 as Navajo Code Talkers Day in 1982.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Paraglider crashed into mountain and was hoisted to the U of U in critical condition....
Brooke Williams

Life Flight responds to critical condition paragliding crash up Olympus Cove Sunday

Paraglider crashed into mountain and was hoisted by Life Flight to the U of U in critical condition.
16 hours ago
(Derek Petersen, KSL TV)...
Brooke Williams

Stolen vehicle fled from UHP at traffic stop and crashed

A vehicle, which was stolen out of Sandy, was to be pulled over by UHP when it fled and crashed with other cars.
16 hours ago
The remains of Raging Waters water park at the Glendale community....
Shelby Lofton

‘Not all parks are accessible:’ Glendale community members react to regional park plans

People living in Glendale are hoping renovations made to Glendale Regional Park, the former site of Raging Waters, has a positive impact on the community.
2 days ago
[FILE] Jail Handcuffs (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Magna school teacher arrested for sexual abuse charges

A first-grade teacher is facing four felony charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
2 days ago
A group of students touring Alta View Hospital in Sandy. (Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Black Physicians of Utah host Medicine Immersion Day

A local organization is encouraging Utah's Black youth to consider a career field in health and medicine to diversify the medical field.
2 days ago
The Belvedere building, 29 S. State St (Andrew Adams)...
Andrew Adams

Bats in the Belvedere in Salt Lake City test positive for rabies

Bats in the Belvedere in Salt Lake City are testing positive for rabies, health officials warn residents and locals to use caution.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Navajo Nation breaks ground on National Code Talkers Museum