Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Tonto Apache Tribe (Arizona)
- 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 close-up and background view of a code talker, which represents communicating a message and running a message.
The reverse design features a variation of the Tonto Apache seal, which depicts four feathers, a streak of stylized lightning as depicted in Apache art and four streamers.
- TONTO APACHE TRIBE
- CODE TALKERS
- WORLD WAR I
- ACT OF CONGRESS 2008
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- Sculptor: Joseph Menna, Medallic Artist
- Sculptor: Renata Gordon, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Donna Weaver, Artistic Infusion Program