Native American $1 Coin Act signed into law

The Native American $1 Coin Act was signed into law by President Bush last Thursday.

The bill authorizes a new back for the Sacagawea dollar coin to honor Native Americans and their contributions to the United States. The front will still feature an image of the young Shoshone woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their journey to the West.

The designs for the back will be approved by the Department of Treasury in consultation with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the House Congressional Native American Caucus, the National Congress of American Indians, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

“I was honored to introduce this bill. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to the Native American people than to cast in gold their contribution to the development of this nation and its history,” said Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan). “The coin will preserve the memory of Sacagawea and guide Americans through the journey and experiences of Native Americans."

Get the Bill:
H.R.2358 | S.585

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