Window Rock, Navajo Nation Ariz. – The Navajo Nation, in coordination and with assistance from the office of United States Senator Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico), will host the Congressional Silver Medal Award Ceremony honoring the Navajo Code Talkers.
The Silver Medal Award Ceremony will take place at Raymond Nakai Hall at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds in Window Rock, Arizona on Saturday, November 24, 2001.
In July 2001, President of the Navajo Nation Kelsey A. Begaye selected Division of Human Resources Director DuWaine Boone, Division of Human Resources Deputy Director Harold Bahe, and Navajo Department of Veterans Affairs Director Leo Chischilly to lead a planning committee to assist federal officials in presenting the Silver Medal Award.
Responding to a resolution passed by the Navajo Code Talkers Association, the planning committee adopted plans to host the award ceremony on November 24, 2001.
The original 29 Navajo Code Talkers were honored in a Congressional Gold Medal Awards Ceremony on July 26, 2001 in Washington, DC. At the ceremony, President George W. Bush recognized and awarded the four surviving original Navajo Code Talkers.
To date, 318 Navajo Code Talkers have been identified by the Navajo Department of Veterans Affairs and confirmed by the United States Marine Corps to receive the Silver Medal Award.