Commemorates the contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to “high iron” construction work and the building of New York City skyscrapers. [The tradition of Mohawk high iron working dates to 1886, when the Dominion Bridge Company started a bridge from the Kahnawake Mohawk community across the St. Lawrence River.]
Commemorates the contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II. [Native languages came to play an increasingly vital role in the U.S. war effort in both World War I and II.]
Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary. [Sequoyah adapted writing to the Cherokee language by devising symbols for each syllable.]
James Francis “Jim” Thorpe (1888-1953) [Born near Prague, Oklahoma, in what was then Indian Territory. Raised in the Sac and Fox tribe, he was given the native name Wa-Tho-Huk, meaning “Bright Path.” Jim Thorpe became possibly the most versatile natural athlete of the early 20th century.]
American Indians in the Space Program [Native Americans have been on the modern frontier of space flight since the beginning of NASA. ]
And yes, there is a 2020 Native coin coming out, but I think I’m going to write about the featured Native at a later date. She just happens to be one of Chelsea Clinton’s gutsy women, so her story will be told in a SHEnanigans post in the near future.