Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Menominee Nation (Wisconsin)

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 depicts a code talker using communication equipment while three P-51 Mustangs fly overhead.

Reverse

The reverse features the Thunderbird, which is the center element of the Menominee Nation Seal, the five clans (bear, eagle, wolf, moose, and crane), a sturgeon, and wild rice. The Menominee Nation is known for its reliance on wild rice and intense fishing, especially for sturgeon.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • MENOMINEE CODE TALKERS
  • OMAEQNOMENEW KEMOC KEKETOTATOWAK (“Menominee secretly talk to each other.”)

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WORLD WAR II
  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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