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Sen. John Pinto passed away May 24 at the age of 94. (Office of the President and Vice President via Facebook)

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Senate seat passes to granddaughter of Navajo Code Talker, state legislator John Pinto

The granddaughter of the late World War II Navajo code talker and state legislator John Pinto will serve out the remainder of his term in the state Senate through 2020, New Mexico’s governor announced July 18.

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Navajo Nation celebrates the life of Senator John Pinto

On May 30, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, First Lady Phefelia Nez, and Second Lady Dottie Lizer joined many tribal and New Mexico leadership, veterans, families, loved ones and community members at Sen. and Dr. John Pinto’s funeral service and reception in Gallup, New Mexico.