1621 Wampanoag Treaty to be featured on 2011 US $1 coin

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Special to News From Indian Country December 2010

The United States Mint has announced that the 2011 Native American One Dollar Coin will feature a depiction of a 1621 treaty between the Wampanoag Tribe and European Settlers.  The theme of the coin is "Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621)."  The design, by Richard Masters, depicts the hand of Ousamequin offering a symbolic peace pipe to Governor John Carver.

“We are honored that the United States Mint has chosen to acknowledge our great Sachem Ousamequin and the significance of the 1621 treaty to American and Wampanoag history,” remarked Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. “As the first Tribe to meet the Pilgrims, the alliance our ancestors forged through this treaty ensured the European settlers’ survival during their first difficult years here.”