The Crow Nation Code Talkers congressional gold medal was presented
Dec. 4 to the tribal leader during a ceremony at the United States Capitol.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios
presented the gold medal to Darrin Old Coyote, chairman of the Crow
Nation. Old Coyote had grandparents on both sides of his family that
served as code talkers in the U.S. military. Also present at the
ceremony was U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., and Cyril Not Afraid, a
descendant of a Crow Nation Code Talker.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said four examples of the silver
version of the Code Talkers medal were being presented to Crow Nation
Code Talker descendants.
The Crow Nation medal is one of 33 congressional gold medals
authorized under provisions of Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008,
Public Law 110-420, to Native American tribes whose members served as
code talkers during World Wars I or II. Code talkers were Native
Americans who used their tribal languages to transmit and receive
military messages that the enemy could not decode.
Silver versions of the gold medal are being presented to surviving
code talkers or their next of kin who have applied for the medal. The
Mint has struck 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze duplicates that are offered
The obverse and reverse designs for the Crow Nation Code Talkers
congressional gold medal were approved July 31 by Deputy Treasury
Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin.
The approved obverse, designed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald
Everhart II and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Jim
Licaretz, depicts a variation of the Army Air Corps Wings.
The approved reverse, designed by Everhart and sculptured by Mint
Medallic Sculptor Renata Gordon, features the Crow Nation Seal.
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