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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.

Ho-Chunk Nation (Wisconsin) Code Talkers Medal Obverse

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Obverse (above)
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Ho-Chunk Nation (Wisconsin) Code Talkers Medal Reverse

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Ho-Chunk Nation


Designer: Michael Gaudioso
Engraver: Michael Gaudioso

The obverse design features a code talker communicating a message. Inscriptions are HO-CHUNK NATION CODE TALKERS and WOINUXᾼᾼ HITÉTÉ, which translates to ”talking secretly.“


Designer: Don Everhart
Engraver: Don Everhart

The reverse design features a variation of the Ho-Chunk Nation seal, which includes an eagle, bear, peace pipe and war club. An outline of Wisconsin is also included, signifying the tribe’s historical attachment to the state. Inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, SOUTH PACIFIC and ACT OF CONGRESS 2008.

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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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