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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, 33 tribes were recognized for the dedication and valor of Native American code talkers to the U.S. Armed Services during World Wars I and II. Of the tribes recognized, 25 were presented with their Congressional Gold Medals.

Seminole Nation (Oklahoma) Code Talkers Medal Obverse

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Seminole Nation (Oklahoma) Code Talkers Medal Reverse

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Seminole Nation


Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill

The obverse design features Seminole Nation code talkers with an early period chief in the background. The inscribed phrase ACEMEKET HECETV HERET OS, which translates to “It is good to climb and see,” is an actual phrase used by Seminole code talkers. The other inscription is SEMINOLE CODE TALKERS.


Designer: Joseph Menna
Engraver: Joseph Menna

The reverse design depicts a variation of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma seal. Inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, ACT OF CONGRESS 2008 and SEMINOLE NATION OF OKLAHOMA.

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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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