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At 93, Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval is Still Fighting Strong

Austin Cope

Monday, August 14th was Navajo Code Talkers Day. It honored the men who served in the South Pacific during World War II, developing a code based on their native language to send communications during the battle. It is the only language-based code in history to never have been broken.  World War II Code Talker Samuel Sandoval visited the Sunflower Theatre here in Cortez on Monday. After a screening of a documentary about his life, he spoke to an overflow crowd in the theatre about his experiences in the war and after he came home to become a drug counselor in the Navajo Nation. I sat down with him after the event to learn more about him and his perspectives on life today.

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