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November, 2012

Congressional gold medals to be awarded to Sioux Code Talkers

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Congressional gold members will be presented to members of two Sioux tribes who served as Code Talkers during World War I and World War II.

Members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate used their languages to help develop unbreakable codes. They will be presented with medals that recognize their contributions.

H.R.4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008, authorized Congress to award medals to tribal code talkers who fought in World War I and World War II. The medals are being designed to be unique to each tribe.

The last surviving Sioux code talker, Clarence Wolf Guts, passed away in June, 2010. South Dakota governor Mike Rounds asked that flages across the state be flown at half-mast.

Watch interview with Clarence Wolf Guts 

The 11 Lakota code talkers mentioned by name in the Congressional Record are:
  Eddie Eagle Boy,
Simon Brokeleg,
Iver Crow Eagle, Sr.,
  Edmund St. John,
Walter C. John,
John Bear King,
Phillip "Stoney" LaBlanc,
Baptiste Pumpkinseed,
Guy Rondell,
  Charles Whitepipe,
Clarence Wolfguts . 

More Native code talker resources:

The Boys of Iwo Jima
French Artist Picked Outstanding Oklahoman As Subject of War Painting
List of Names of Navajo Codetalkers

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