TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation and 30 other tribes will each accept a Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol today to honor Native American code talkers.
Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, a Navy Vietnam veteran, is accepting the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the tribe. Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors, cabinet members and Cherokee Nation employees who helped design the Cherokee code talkers coin will also attend.
Congress is presenting gold medals designed for each tribe in accordance with the “Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.”
The act says Native American code talkers, first reported in use on Oct. 17, 1918, deserve immediate recognition for their dedication and valor, long overdue.
The Cherokee Nation code talker coin includes the image of a Cherokee code talker with a Cherokee syllabary font that translates to “code talkers.” On the reverse side of the coin is the Cherokee Nation seal.