Tuesday in Mooseville, Bonus Edition – Public Law 110-82 cont’d 11/19/19

Continuing where I left off in the morning post…

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.]

The design depicts a Mohawk ironworker reaching for an I-beam that is swinging into position, rivets on the left and right side of the border, and a high elevation view of the city skyline in the background.
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.]

The design features two helmets—one in the shape of the U.S. helmets used in World War I and the other in the shape of a World War II helmet. Behind the helmets are two feathers that form a “V,” symbolizing victory, unity and the important role that the code talkers played in both world wars.
Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary. [Sequoyah adapted writing to the Cherokee language by devising symbols for each syllable.]

The design features a profile of Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design.
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.]

The design depicts Jim Thorpe, while the foreground highlights his achievements in football and as an Olympian.

American Indians in the Space Program [Native Americans have been on the modern frontier of space flight since the beginning of NASA. ]

The design features Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. In the background, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. The equation, denoting the energy it takes to leave Earth and reach the orbit of a distant planet, represents her important contributions to the space program. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, conducts a spacewalk above. A group of stars in the field behind indicates outer space.

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.

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  1. Thank you and the more I checked the links the more I could see why you didn’t want to base your “history” on this governmental source. The Code Talkers always get my attention. The evil irony – right up there with drafting Japanese-Americans from internment camps – of men who’d been beaten and abused for speaking their languages, of America’s all-too-successful insistence on eradicating Native languages, celebrating the life-saving work in WWII done by those who were determined enough to keep their languages…And to read in the link that there were supposedly well under a million Natives left in the 1940s – the myth of “gee we’re sorry but they’re extinct now” is still a meme. sigh. But thank you again for the posts and the links. {{{HUGS}}}

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