The Wrong Headdress
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The 1899 Five Silver Certificate was the first note to have a portrait of a Native American Indian; but that didn’t go without its problems. What was meant to honor the Native Americans didn’t. Originally portraying a Sioux Indian Chief in headdress, the Bureau of Engraving & Printing later changed the headdress. Therefore depicting a Sioux Chief in the headdress of their rival tribe the Pawnee. The controversy and insensitivity created more issues between the government and Native American’s so the bill was quickly discontinued.
In the story Symbolism in Currency.
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