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Passed House amended (06/18/2002)

Code Talkers Recognition Act - Declares that the purposes of the medals authorized by this Act are to express recognition by the United States and its citizens and to honor the Native American Code Talkers who distinguished themselves in performing highly successful communications operations that greatly assisted in saving countless lives and in hastening the end of World War I and World War II.

Title I: Sioux Code Talkers - Provides for the award on behalf of Congress (where appropriate, posthumously) of a congressional gold medal to named Sioux Indians who served as Sioux Code Talkers during World War II.

Title II: Comanche Code Talkers - Provides for the award on behalf of Congress (where appropriate, posthumously) of a congressional gold medal to named Comanche Code Talkers of World War II in recognition of their contributions to the Nation.

Title III: Choctaw Code Talkers - Provides for the award on behalf of Congress (where appropriate, posthumously) of a congressional gold medal honoring the Choctaw Code Talkers who transmitted information in their native language which was highly successful in saving men and munitions during World War I.

Title IV: General Provisions - Provides for the award on behalf of Congress (where appropriate, posthumously) of a gold medal to any other Native American Code Talker identified by the Secretary of Defense.

(Sec. 403) Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medals struck under this Act and to deposit the proceeds in the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund to pay for the costs of the medals awarded under this Act.