Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (Sioux) Tribe (South Dakota)
- 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 soldier being shielded by an eagle to keep him safe.
The reverse design features a variation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe seal. The central part of the design depicts the boundaries of the reservation with seven tipis, which represent the seven districts within the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of Lake Traverse Reservation.
- SISSETON WAHPETON SIOUX
- DAKOTA CODE TALKERS (“Dakota” is the dialect used by the tribe.)
- PACIFIC THEATRE
- WORLD WAR II
- LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION
- ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
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- Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Frank Morris, Artistic Infusion Program