• Cultural Calendar
Celebrating Courage, Code Talkers, and an Unbreakable Code on Navajo Code Talkers Day

Celebrated each August 14, Navajo Code Talkers Day salutes the courageous achievements of the Navajo men who were recruited to the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

This elite group of soldiers relayed crucial coded messages using their native language in a highly successful effort whose codes were never successfully broken by the Japanese. Navajo Code Talkers Day was established by President Ronald Reagan on August 14, 1982, and 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the over 400 Navajo men who were recruited during World War II as Code Talkers.

While many now know of the courage and achievements of the Navajo Code Talkers, this was not the first time native American languages were used in wartime — the Choctaw language was also used in World War I for similar efforts! Celebrate these efforts by reading more about the Code Talkers, or by seeking out interviews with some of the surviving Code Talkers still alive today.

Learn more, and view some of the historic interviews with surviving Code Talkers, here.


Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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