My name is Peter MacDonald Sr.
Navajo Code Talkers Museum board president.
"What is rightfully ours, we must protect.
What is rightfully due us, we must claim.
What we depend on from others,
we must replace with the labor of our own hands, and the skills of our own people.
What we do not have, we must bring into being.
We must create for ourselves."
Born in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, Peter MacDonald enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 15. After training alongside other Code Talkers at Camp Pendleton, he was assigned to the 6th Marine Division and served in the South Pacific and North China. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal and returned home to graduate high school before pursuing his dream of obtaining a college education.
Mr. MacDonald had a highly successful career in engineering and business as well as numerous prominent distinctions for his professional and civic work. Among these, MacDonald served as the Chairman of the Navajo Nation and was re-elected to the office four times—unprecedented in Navajo history. He continues to lecture across the country and serves as President of the Navajo Code Talkers Association.