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USMC Navajo Codetalkers during the Bougainville Campaign 1943. Code talkers were people who used obscure languages as a means of secret communication during wartime. The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I.

‘Ach'íí’ (ach-EE) is a Navajo delicacy made from sheep gut, in which a length of the small intestine is wrapped around a section of colon and fat. It’s made immediately after a sheep is butchered and then roasted over an open fire until it’s nice and crunchy.

There was some controversy surrounding the sale of 'Ach'íí’, primarily because the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not consider it “food” and therefore could not be sold to the public. This forced some businesses that slaughter sheep for mutton to dispose the majority of the sheep after slaughter. But some businesses like Sweetmeat Inc. in Waterflow, N.M did not agree with the USDA. They worked closely with federal inspectors on their processing techniques, to ensure they used high standards of quality control in preparing 'Ach'íí’ for public sale. After months of negotiations with the USDA, Sweetmeat Inc. was granted to sell 'Ach'íí’ under the USDA’s “specialty meat items” stamp in 2007.

Now 'Ach'íí’ can be sold to the public. A very tasty traditional food of the Dineh!

A Navajo Gold Star family receiving the strength and warmth of the ceremonial torch as they remember their lost one during the 9th annual Navajo-Hopi Honor Run’s torch ceremony. The ceremonial torch is from “Carry the Flame Across America,” a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the honor and memory of Veterans.

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