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Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program

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On November 20, 2013, in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Government recognized 33 Native American tribes for the dedication and valor of their code talkers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World Wars I and II. Of the tribes recognized, 25 were presented with their Congressional Gold Medals.


Pueblo of Laguna Tribe (New Mexico) Code Talkers Medal Obverse

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Obverse (above)
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Pueblo of Laguna Tribe (New Mexico) Code Talkers Medal Reverse

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Reverse (above)
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Pueblo of Laguna Tribe
(New Mexico)


Obverse

Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Renata Gordon

The obverse design features a World War II code talker. Inscriptions are K’AWAIKA CODE TALKERS, (which translates to Laguna) and PUEBLO of LAGUNA.

Reverse

Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Jim Licaretz

The reverse design features the Pueblo of Laguna Tribe seal. Inscriptions are 43RD BOMBARDMENT GROUP, WORLD WAR II, ACT OF CONGRESS 2008, PUEBLO OF LAGUNA, as well asTSINA HANU and Y’AAK’A WAASCH’I which translate to Big Turkey and Little Corn, respectively.

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The Program

The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 (Act) (Public Law 110-420) requires the Secretary of the Treasury to strike Congressional Medals in recognition of the dedication and valor of Native American code talkers to the U.S. Armed Services during World War I and World War II. “Code talkers” refers to those Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during wartime.

Under the Act, unique gold medals are struck for each Native American tribe that had a member who served as a code talker. Silver duplicate medals are presented to the specific code talkers, their next of kin, or other personal representatives. In addition, bronze duplicates are available for sale to the public.

The Navajo Nation was awarded Congressional Gold Medals in 2001 under Public Law 106-554.

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