WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will hold a U.S. Capitol ceremony later this month to present Native American code talkers with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.  The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 (H.R. 4544) directs that medals be struck to honor the valor and dedication of Native American code talkers during World War I and World War II.  As members of our Armed Forces, these code talkers thwarted the enemy by transmitting secret coded messages using their native tribal languages. As a token of the nation’s profound gratitude, Congress will award a Gold Medal to each tribe that participated in this indispensable program.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center.  Additional details will be released closer to the date of the ceremony.