Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Santee Sioux Nation (Nebraska)
- 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 depicts a Santee Sioux code talker looking up and focusing on the task required. The barbed wire is a symbol of the threat to the soldier. According to the Santee Sioux Tribe, “Mdewakanton,” which is inscribed on the obverse, translates to “dwellers at spirit lake” and “wakpekute” to “shooters amongst the leaves.”
The reverse design depicts the Santee Sioux Nation seal.
- SANTEE DAKOTA SIOUX CODE TALKERS
- WORLD WAR I
- WORLD WAR II
- ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
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- Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Frank Morris, Artistic Infusion Program
- Charles L. Vickers