Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Osage Nation (Oklahoma)

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 depicts a code talker looking up and focusing on his task. The barbed wire is symbolic of the threat to the soldier.

Reverse

The reverse design depicts a variation of the Osage Nation seal.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • OSAGE NATION
  • CODE TALKERS

Reverse Inscriptions

  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
  • WORLD WAR I
  • WORLD WAR II

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

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

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