Navajo Code Talker Frank Chee Willeto to join SCIA panel on Way of the Warrior

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:00am

Navajo Code Talker Frank Chee WilletoNavajo Code Talker Frank Chee Willeto will join a panel discussion on The Way of the Warrior: Native Americans' Commitment to Country, Community, and Communication.

The event hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) in honor of Veterans Day and in celebration of National American Indian & Alaskan Native Heritage month will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., room 628 in the Senate Dirksen Office Building located on Capitol hill.

The event is free and open to the public and will highlight the unique ways that America’s Indigenous Peoples have contributed to the U.S. Military’s efforts throughout history. For more information visit

About Frank Chee Willeto

Born and raised in Crownpoint, N.M., Frank Chee Willeto enlisted in the the U.S. Marines 6th Division in Jan. 1944. Following eight weeks of Navajo Code Talker training, he served in the Pacific Theatre in Saipan and Okinawa.

Upon returning from World War II, Mr. Willeto worked from 1946 to 1974 for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), first with the Roads Department and then with the U.S. Department of Education. In 1974, he was elected as a Navajo tribal councilman and served in this role until 1986. Mr. Willetto was later appointed to serve as a judge on the Navajo Supreme Judicial Council. From August 1997 to January 1988, he was appointed vice president of the Navajo Nation. He currently serves as president of the Pueblo Pintado Chapter in the eastern Navajo where he was first elected in 1986. In 2001 he received the Congressional Silver Medal.

During his career and his work as a public servant, Mr. Willeto also served on various committees and four chairmanship on the following boards: Eastern Navajo Land Commission, Navajo Tribal
Advisory Committee, Navajo Housing Authority, Navajo Tribal Council Economic Development Committee, and as elected representative with the National Indian Council on Aging.

Mr. Willeto serves as Treasurer of the Navajo Code Talker Foundation. For more information visit

(Photo: Frank Chee Willeto at the New York City Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony. Nov. 11, 2011 / Jared King)