May 29, 2012

Codetalker Congressional Gold Medals

CFA Design Recommendations for Four Code Talker Congressional Gold Medals

By Michael ZielinskiThe Commission of Fine Arts recently reviewed design candidates for Congressional Gold Medals which will be issued to recognize four Native American tribes whose members served as code talkers during World War I or World War II.

In 2001, Navajo Code Talkers had been recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal for their contributions during World War II. Under the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-420), there will be 22 additional tribes recognized.

The gold medals shall be accepted and maintained by the Smithsonian Institution, which is encouraged to create a standing exhibit for Native American code talkers or Native American veterans. Silver duplicate medals will be awarded to members (or their next of kin or other personal representative) of the recognized Native American tribes who served in the Armed Forces as a code talker during any foreign conflict in which the United States was involved during the 20th century. Bronze duplicate medals may be struck and sold to the public.
Comment:  For more on the codetalkers, see Navajo Nation Code Talkers Week and Guitar Honors Navajo Codetalkers.

Below:  The Kiowa Tribe's medal design.

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