This medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Oneida Nation 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 features an Oneida Nation code talker with eagle feathers, positioned similar to those in the Oneida Gustoweh (head dress) in the background. Inscriptions are ONEIDA NATION WARRIORS and CODE TALKERS.The reverse design features the Great White Pine Tree of Peace with four white roots atop a turtle. To the left of the tree is the foot print of a bear. To the right of the tree is the foot print of a wolf. The turtle, bear and wolf represent the clans of the Oneida Nation. Atop the tree is an eagle, vigilant over the nation and warning members of any imminent danger. The symbols near or under the turtle are a war club and six arrows bound tightly together to indicate the unified strength of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. An image of the two-row wampum belt, constructed of quahog beads, is at the bottom of the design. Inscriptions are WORLD WAR II, ACT OF CONGRESS 2008 and LATIW?NATÉNYESHSE which translates to “They change their words.”
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/Reverse Designer: Donna Weaver|
Obverse Engraver: Charles L. Vickers
Reverse Engraver: Renata Gordon
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 110-420|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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