Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Pueblo of Laguna Tribe (New Mexico)

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 design features a World War II code talker. The inscription, “K’AWAIKA CODE TALKERS” translates to Laguna.

Reverse
The reverse design features the Pueblo of Laguna Tribe seal. Inscriptions “TSINA HANU” and “Y’AAK’A WAASCH’I” translate to Big Turkey and Little Corn, respectively.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • K’AWAIKA CODE TALKERS
  • PUEBLO of LAGUNA

Reverse Inscriptions

  • 43RD BOMBARDMENT GROUP
  • WORLD WAR II
  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
  • PUEBLO OF LAGUNA
  • TSINA HANU
  • Y’AAK’A WAASCH’I

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse
  • Sculptor: Jim Licaretz, Sculptor-engraver
  • Designer: Donna Weaver, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed September 16, 2016

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