Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)

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 features code talkers transmitting and writing information.

Reverse

The reverse design features the seal of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Inscriptions include “PORCUPINE,” “LONG SOLDIER,” “CANNON BALL,” “WAKPALA,” “KENEL,” “RUNNING ANTELOPE,” “BEAR SOLDIER,” and “ROCK CREEK,” the eight districts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LAKOTA CODE TALKERS
  • STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE

Reverse Inscriptions

  • PORCUPINE
  • LONG SOLDIER
  • CANNON BALL
  • WAKPALA
  • KENEL
  • RUNNING ANTELOPE
  • BEAR SOLDIER
  • ROCK CREEK
  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
  • STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE
  • JULY 1873
  • WORLD WAR I
  • WORLD WAR II

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Sculptor: Jim Licaretz, Sculptor-Engraver
  • Designer: Barbara Fox, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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