Code Talker Passes Away
by Shawn McCraith '18
On October 8th the United States Marine Corps lost a valued and famous radioman of the Navajo Code Talkers, David E. Patterson. He served in the USMC during World War II, and ultimately helped win the war for the Allies. These radiomen were the best at what they did, which was decoding and sending coded messages in their native language, Dine Bizaad. Patterson served in 1943 and has been pushing through life ever since, his passing on has definitely been felt in the Navajo community. The Code Talkers played such a pivotal role in obtaining the islands in the Pacific Ocean. They are a tangible representation of why the learning and sustenance of any culture’s language is significant. He is a role model for the younger generation to push the Navajo language upon them. A Navajo Code Talker is special to the Navajo Nation because of their special missions in Japan during World War II. While he was alive, Patterson affected many people and helped in the educational decision of a fellow coworker. Not only will he be remembered as a well-known soldier but also for bowling, his Catholic faith, and the love for his family. The Catholic faith was important, and vital to David E. Patterson, just like learning the Code, it was a drive for him to learn the indecipherable code. For his duty Patterson received the silver Congressional Medal of Honor back in 2001, but it wasn’t one of his proudest moments.. Pat Patterson the son of David said to remember his father as a “funny guy.” After David finished his service as a Code Talker it left him with an interest in other languages in which when he met people from other countries he tried to speak to them in their native language. He was a protector of the Navajo language.
*Photo From Navajo Times*
by Mariah Tso '21
In the state of California there are 22 major fires burning. Central California and Santa Rosa and Napa Valley hit hard that has destroyed over 1,500 structures. At least 42 people have died due to aggressive wildfires in Northern California's Napa, Sonoma, Yuba and Mendocino counties. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and business. An estimated 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate, and early 70,000 have been allowed to return to their homes. The Sonoma police department said,“They received more than 1,700 missing person reports” caused by the fires but officials have been able to track down nearly all of those people.
Throughout the weeks the situation has started to improved and firefighters have been able to control the fires better which has allowed some of the evacuations to be done with. In Buttle County southeast of Oroville 5,800 acres were burned and only 45% are under control. This fire has destroyed about 17 structures and has damaged about 5 damaged and has threatened thousands of structures. The fires have left a lot of people homeless because of their homes burning down but even before the fires California had a housing crisis but now there are a lot more people homeless. There valuable things have been burned because of these fires some people are lucky enough to grab their values and run out. Bay Area residents have limited being outdoors they keep everything closed in the last few weeks they have noticed that high levels of pollution from the California Fires.
*Photo from the LA Times*
Crafty Kids Program
by Meche Williams '19
Every Thursday, the Octavia Fellin Library hosts a program called, “Crafty Kids,” run by Henrietta Etsitty. It starts at 4:00 pm and goes until 5:30 pm, all ages are welcome and they do crafts that are centered around the event or celebration of that month. For example on Thursday the 19th, they worked on Halloween luminarias, using 2 small paper bags (one was brown and the other was white,) halloween cut outs, scissors, pencils, tape, and a tea light you can get at Family Dollar. The week before they made a tissue roll pumpkins.
Henrietta Etsitty is not a staff member at the Octavia Fellin Children’s Library but works at the Adult Octavia Fellin Library.A staff member of the children’s library approached her about running the Crafty Kids program 4 years ago. She didn’t hesitate to accept the offer. She leaves her work around 3:00 pm every Thursday and prepares the supplies and crafts, then around 4:00 pm the kids come in either with their parents or grandparents. Once they’re settled in she gives them the instructions on how to make the project, after they gather the needed materials she walks around to make sure everyone knows what they're doing or, and to see if any kids need her help.
I asked her if she enjoys her job and what the best part of it is.
Henrietta: “I do enjoy it, the best part would have to be working with the kids and being able to keep them busy by doing some fun crafts. I don’t have any kids but I have a lot of nieces and nephews.”
She is a very kind and helpful lady, who loves to spend her Thursdays at the children's library to show the kids some exciting new crafts. She loves to do the same with her sibling’s kids. Etsitty has a good and close bond with most of the parents and kids that attend, because the families keep coming back.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers what they would do if someone stole their cheeseburger and 100% of poll takers said that they would react the same way that Anthony Frazier had.