Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe (Minnesota)

Medals-Code Talkers

Coin Information

The Program

The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 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.

Read More

Characteristics

Obverse

The obverse design depicts a World War II code talker transcribing and receiving information. A beading pattern is at the bottom rim of the design and foliage is incorporated at the top rim, representing the Fond du Lac Tribe code talkers who served in the South Pacific.

Reverse

The reverse design features the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe Seal.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LAKE SUPERIOR BAND OF FOND DU LAC CHIPPEWA
  • CODE TALKERS

Reverse Inscriptions

  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
  • WORLD WAR II
  • FOND DU LAC
  • BAPASHKOMINITIGONG OGITCHIDAAG (“Fond du Lac soldiers” or “Fond du Lac warriors.”)

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse
  • Sculptor: Charles L. Vickers
  • Designer: Donna Weaver, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

A list of linkable tags for topics mentioned on this page.

Tags: