Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Hopi Tribe (Arizona)

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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Characteristics

Obverse

The obverse design features Hopi code talkers communicating on a field phone and using binoculars to search for the enemy. The B-24 Liberator in the background represents the Hopi code talkers’ service in the 90th and 380th Bombardment Groups.

Reverse

The reverse design features a variation of the Hopi Tribe flag, which depicts a circle with dots, mountains and stalks of corn on both sides of the mountains. The flag’s symbols represent the Hopi way of life.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • HOPI CODE TALKERS
  • U.S. ARMY

Reverse Inscriptions

  • HOPI CODE TALKERS
  • U.S. ARMY

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Sculptor: Don Everhart, Sculptor-Engraver
  • Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Reverse
  • Sculptor: Renata Gordon, Sculptor-Engraver
  • Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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