Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac is suh.weet

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's a book subtitled: the Navajo Marines of World War Two. You can find it in the "Teen Reads" section of your local bookstore. It's an entire world I haven't explored enough. After the heinous way "white man" treated Native Americans following the arrival of boatloads from the East, THIS is what the National Tribal Council wrote in response to the possibility of war in 1940--

Whereas, the Navajo Tribal Council and the 50,000 people we represent, cannot fail to recognize the crisis now facing the world in the threat of foreign invasion and destruction of the great liberties and benefits which we enjoy on the reservation, and

Whereas, it has become common practice to attempt national destruction through sowing the seeds of treachery among minority groups such as ours, and

Whereas, we hereby serve notice that any un-American movement among our people will be resented and dealt with severely, and

Now, therefore, we resolve that the Navajo Indians stand ready as they did in 1918, to aid and defend our government, and its institution against all subversion and armed conflict and pledge our loyalty to the system which recognizes minory rights and a way of life that has placed us among the greatest people of our race.

Wow. And the Navajo became some of the fiercest fighters in WWII. Hooyah. Cheers to those of you who remember the old ways. Cheers to forgiveness. What a powerful thing.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. I have not been able to find this anywhere else as complete. I heard it while listening to CODETALKERS; sadly I've never read or heard this before two days ago. Thanks.

    Krystle (a Navajo)


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