Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Ponca Tribe (Oklahoma)
- Year of Issue: 2008
- Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 110-420
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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 two code talkers in action with Chief White Eagle, a respected leader of the Ponca Tribe, in the background.
The reverse design features a variation of the Ponca Tribe seal, which consists of three clustered tipis with the sun behind it.
- PONCA TRIBE CODE TALKERS
- ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
- WORLD WAR I
- WORLD WAR II
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- Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Sculptor: Renata Gordon, Medallic Artist