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Harry Smith: A Visit With a Navajo Code Talker

Peter MacDonald Sr, one of three remaining Navajo Nation Code Talkers, was recently interviewed for the NBC News Nightly News with Harry Smith. Harry spent time with the youngest, at age 93, member of that heroic group. Watch live at 630pm EST on Aug 21st on NBC Nightly News.


As the former Navajo Nation Chairman, Peter MacDonald is no stranger to land development and infrastructure. Decades ago, Peter was fighting for water and electricity rights for the Navajo Nation. Now his passion has turned toward developing the Navajo Code Talkers Museum.

The Navajo Code Talker Museum will be the one definitive and official place where the public can go to experience the entire experience of the unique legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers. (Peter MacDonald Sr.)


The museum's mission statement declares the Navajo Code Talker Museum to be the one definitive and official place where the public can go to experience the entire experience of the unique legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.


The Museum's Vision is packed with culture, education, arts, and connection.

  • Provides the history and language of the Navajo Code Talkers.

  • Tells the story of Navajo Code Talkers their role in the successful outcome of WWII.

  • Provides a forum for preserving the Navajo language and culture.

  • Builds character and pride connecting to a sense of renewal and solace.

"We have worked on developing The Navajo Code Talkers museum for decades. We are now at the tipping point of what will be a premiere museum sharing the history of the unbroken code while connecting our story to the future."

2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the Navajo Code Talkers' heroism and another call to arms for a nation to rise and honor these men. At the time of this article, only three remain as the official guardians of the unbroken code. But as each one passes, so does the storytelling of their past. The Navajo Code Talkers Museum is the next step in keeping their story alive.



The Navajo Code Talkers museum needs your support through donations, and partnerships, sponsorship. And participation by all Americans in the annual August 14 Navajo Code Talkers Day. Contact NavajoCodeTalkersMuseum@gmail.com for more information.






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