On March 25, 2010, Sagamore Institute hosted the first “Celebrating American Ideas” gala. Former Secretary of Education and renowned author William J. Bennett gave a rousing keynote address on the American Idea and the essential role that each citizen plays in learning our nation’s history in order to define and defend our democracy.

As a think tank committed to moving ideas into action, the first “Celebrating American Ideas” award was presented to select members of the Navajo Code Talkers who transformed their ancient language into an indecipherable military code. Upon receiving the award, the Code Talkers said that theirs is an American story, not just a Navajo one.

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The Navajo Code Talkers