Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program: Yankton 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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Coin Characteristics

Obverse

The obverse design features two code talkers.

Reverse

The reverse design features a variation of the buffalo skull painted in honor of Yankton Sioux Tribe veterans.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • YANKTON SIOUX
  • CODE TALKERS

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WORLD WAR I

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse
  • Charles L. Vickers
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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