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Honoring Native American Culture Through Coins

Browse Native American Heritage Month resources from the U.S. Mint.

Monthly Mint Trivia: In what year did the United States ban foreign currency as legal tender? (Hint: check the History of U.S. Circulating Coins.)

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Native American Heritage Month

November marks National Native American Heritage Month. Highlight the many important contributions of native peoples through lesson plans, articles, and more.

The U.S. Mint offers resources to learn about the Native Americans honored on U.S. coinage. Read on for additional resources from across the government.

U.S. Mint Resources

Other Resources

Want more ideas? Reach out to education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov for recommendations on lesson plans and activities for your students.

Coin of the Month: 2022 Native American $1 Coin

2022 Native American One Dollar Uncirculated Coin ReverseThe 2022 Native American $1 Coin honors Ely Samuel Parker, a U.S. Army officer, engineer, and tribal diplomat, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War. When Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, on the morning of April 9, 1865, Parker rendered the formal surrender documents in his own hand.

The reverse (tails) design features Ely Samuel Parker, depicted in Army uniform. A quill pen and book, along with a likeness of his graceful signature, are symbols of his experience as an expert communicator. The inscriptions “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA” recognize his tribe and the name given to him at birth.

Play Hoop & Darts Game

Play and learn about this traditional Native American game.

Nina Otero-Warren Resources

Learn about the 2022 quarter honoree with the National Women’s History Museum. The NWHM also offers free classroom posters (PDF).

Coin Count n’ Roll Activity

Help #getcoinmoving and practice coin counting with this new activity.

We Want to Hear from You!

coin coloring book pagesAre you interested in incorporating coins into your classroom next year, but aren’t sure where to start? Let us help you! The U.S. Mint offers K-6 lesson plans, online educational games, videos, online quizzes, a free Coin Coloring Book, and other resources. Reach out to us at education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov to request resources that fit your education needs.

Trivia Answer: The U.S. banned foreign currency in 1857.