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Subject: John Pinto, Long serving Navajo lawmaker in New Mexico

Dead at 94
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Date Posted: Friday, May 24, 11:57:31am

John Pinto, long serving Navajo lawmaker in New Mexico, dies
The Associated Press
May 24, 2019 02:47 PM


John Pinto, a New Mexico lawmaker and one of the nation's longest serving Native American elected official, has died. He was 94.

State Senate colleague Michael Padilla on Friday confirmed Pinto's death in Gallup.

Pinto was a World War II-era Marine who trained as a Navajo Code Talker and served in the New Mexico State Senate for more than four decades as a Democrat. He represented an impoverished district in the Four Corners area.

Born in Lupton, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation to a family of sheep herders, Pinto didn't start formal schooling until age 12. He was placed in Native American board school where he ran away several times.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article230804154.html#storylink=cpy

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His death leaves six remaining WWII Navajo code talkers. Another code talker died last week. (NT).Friday, May 24, 08:07:01pm

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