This medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Oglala Sioux Tribe Code Talkers at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on November 20, 2013, in recognition of their dedication and valor. The medal measures 3” in diameter.
The obverse design features a code talker with a stylized eagle in the background. Inscriptions are OGLALA and LAKOTA AKICITA IYESKA WICASA, which translates to “Indian soldier translator man.”The reverse design features a variation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe flag. The nine tipis represent the nine districts of Oglala – Porcupine, Wakpamni, Medicine Root, Pass Creek, Eagle Nest, White Clay, PR Village, La Creek and Wounded Knee – all of which are inscribed along the border of the design. Other inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, ACT OF CONGRESS, 2008 and AKICITA, OKOLAKICIYE, which translates to “warrior’s society.”
The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 authorized the United States Mint to strike and issue medals to provide the recognition deserved by Native American Code Talkers for their dedication and valor in World Wars I and II. The heroic and dramatic contributions of Native American Code Talkers were instrumental in driving back Axis forces and securing the United States’ victories.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Design:||Obverse Designer/Engraver: Michael Gaudioso|
Reverse Designer: Don Everhart
Reverse Engraver: Jim Licaretz
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 110-420|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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