SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. He was 94.
Senate colleague Michael Padilla confirmed Pinto’s death in Gallup on Friday after years of suffering from various illnesses that rarely kept him from his duties.
The article goes on to state the following:
After serving as a Marine, Pinto was elected to the Senate in 1976 and represented a district that includes the Navajo Nation for more than four decades. The region is one of the poorest in the country.
It is with extreme sadness that I report that Sen John Pinto passed today. Sen Pinto was our longest serving NM state senator, a code talker, a fighter for a strong public education system, a champion for issues related to the Navajo people, and a good friend. @NMSenateDems pic.twitter.com/OOQ5dIxb18
— Sen Michael Padilla (@SenPadilla) May 24, 2019
John Pinto 1924 – 2019
— Diné Millennials Today (@DineMillennials) May 24, 2019
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