This medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (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 1.5” in diameter.
The obverse design depicts a soldier being shielded by an eagle to keep him safe. Inscriptions are SISSETON WAHPETON SIOUX and DAKOTA CODE TALKERS. “Dakota” is the dialect used by the tribe.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. Inscriptions are PACIFIC THEATRE, WORLD WAR II, LAKE TRAVERSE RESERVATION and ACT OF CONGRESS 2008.
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: Frank Morris|
Obverse Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer: Don Everhart
Reverse Engraver: Jim Licaretz
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 110-420|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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