Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (Montana)

Medals-Code Talkers

Background

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.

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Coin Characteristics

Obverse

The obverse design features a World War II infantry helmet and two feathers.

Reverse

The reverse design features the outline of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation (a buffalo outlined by rivers and creeks), two eagle staffs, a Plains Indian dance whip and the 41st Infantry Division patch.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • FORT PECK ASSINIBOINE
  • SIOUX TRIBES
  • CODE TALKERS

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WORLD WAR II
  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
  • B CO. 1ST BN 163RD INFANTRY

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse
  • Sculptor: Jim Licaretz, Sculptor-engraver
  • Designer: Joel Iskowitz, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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