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November 20, 2013

Code Talkers receive Congressional Gold Medal

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WASHINGTON —

Each tribe that participated in the code talkers program received a Congressional Gold Medal. 
A total of 33 tribes were recognized, 10 being from the state of Oklahoma. Following the Gold Ceremony that recognized tribes as a whole, there was a Silver Medal Ceremony that recognized specific individuals for their service as code talkers. With only one living code talker, family members of departed code talkers accepted the medals on their behalf.
Congress is presenting gold medals designed for each tribe in accordance with the “Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.”
The act, Public Law 110-420, says Native American Code Talkers, first reported in use on Oct. 17, 1918, deserve immediate recognition for their dedication and valor, long overdue.
The following tribes from Oklahoma received congressional goal medals: Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Comanche Nation, Pawnee Nation, Osage Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Seminole Nation, Muskogee Creek Nation, Ponca Tribe, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

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