We are honored that MiraCosta College will be hosting the First Annual Native American, Alaskan Native Heritage Event, sponsored by Academic Senate, Student Services, and Social Justice and Equity Center on November 8 - 10, 2022.
A heartfelt thank you to the first Native American, Alaskan Native (NDN) Committee members at MiraCosta College, Omar Jimenez, Donney Cummings, Tallie Noble, Manesseh Park, Rhonda Welch-Scalco and Jd Banks for their hard work to arrange for these amazing events. We hope to see many of you attending these events in support of MiraCosta students and colleagues.
In recognition of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and National Veterans and Military Families Month, the MiraCosta Library Department proudly presents our newest on-ground and online exhibit honoring the tremendous contribution of the Navajo Code Talkers.
From 1942 until the end of World War II, roughly 400 Navajo young men served as encryption specialists. Recruited from their reservations in parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, the men developed a code based on the unwritten Navajo language, which proved unbreakable. The Navajo Code Talkers participated in every battle the Marines fought in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945 and played a critical role in military communication. Yet, they only received public recognition years later, in 1968, when the U.S. government finally declassified the program’s details.
Entitled "Whispers in the Wind," this exhibit highlights the contributions of these military personnel.
Exhibit Dates: Now through December 16, 2022
Location: Oceanside Campus, Building 1200, 2nd Floor
Special thanks to Vanessa DiBenedetto and the Veterans Center for their help with this exhibit.