52nd legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2016
EXPRESSING APPRECIATION TO THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS ASSOCIATION AND REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A NAVAJO CODE TALKER MUSEUM AND VETERANS' CENTER.
WHEREAS, the Navajo code talkers association plans to develop and construct a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center as a perpetual monument to the legacy of the Navajo code talkers, one which will provide historical, cultural and educational opportunities for many people; and
WHEREAS, the United States marine corps along with the Navajo code talkers used the Navajo language to develop and establish a unique code that was not broken by the enemies of the United States, and these efforts in World War II were significant, and without them, the United States might not have been victorious; and
WHEREAS, the distinguished contribution of these aging warriors is immeasurable, their bravery unquestionable and their honored place in history rightly deserved; and
WHEREAS, the Navajo code talkers association veterans' nonprofit organization is composed of Navajo veterans of World War II who were the Navajo code talkers and their descendants; and
WHEREAS, the association intends to preserve and honor the legacy of the Navajo code talkers and to provide much-needed facilities and services to support and honor those veterans; and
WHEREAS, the association has a mission to plan and develop a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center in support of the legacy of the Navajo code talkers and other veterans; and
WHEREAS, a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center will perpetuate the heroism of the Navajo code talkers and instill the ideals of the Navajo code talkers in future generations through educational and charitable activities; and
WHEREAS, a museum and veterans' center will provide a venue in which people from across the United States and around the world can learn more about these heroes; and
WHEREAS, a museum and veterans' center will provide recognition and public gratitude for, and capture the histories and stories of, Navajo code talkers and will offer practicable services to veterans; and
WHEREAS, a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center will need technical assistance and major funding to construct a museum, veterans' center, Navajo language institute, native healing area and related amenities and infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, the Navajo code talkers intend to, and can, develop and design the project to be economically feasible and self-sustaining in the long term; and
WHEREAS, a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center will be a unique tourist destination that will enhance the local community and economy by providing tourism-related jobs, services and amenities to residents of the Navajo Nation, McKinley county, northwest New Mexico and the state;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that it express the appreciation to the Navajo code talkers association for undertaking the initiative to develop and construct a Navajo code talker museum and veterans' center and that it respectfully request that the United States congress provide funding to support the planning, design and construction of the museum and veterans' center; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the president of the Navajo Nation, the speaker of the Navajo Nation council, the New Mexico congressional delegation, the Navajo code talkers association and the governors of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.