Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (Montana)
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.
The obverse design features a World War II infantry helmet and two feathers.
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.
- FORT PECK ASSINIBOINE
- SIOUX TRIBES
- CODE TALKERS
- WORLD WAR II
- ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
- B CO. 1ST BN 163RD INFANTRY
Mint and Mint Mark
- Don Everhart, Sculptor-engraver
- Sculptor: Jim Licaretz, Sculptor-engraver
- Designer: Joel Iskowitz, Artistic Infusion Program