A landmark in natural resource conservation, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is the first and only national park area in the United States established at the request of an Indian Tribe, the Chickasaw Nation. For over 100 years the park has been a refuge for outdoor tradition, a protected niche of parkland. Native Americans, early settlers of the surrounding plains, and present day Americans all have sought recreation here in shaded woodlands threaded by clear-running streams and dotted with mineral and freshwater springs. It was established as a national site in 1902.
The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456--the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The Act directs the United States Mint to mint and issue 56 circulating quarter-dollar coins with reverse (tails side) designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
The list of America the Beautiful quarters includes a couple of parks directly connected to Native cultures:
Several parks with strong ties to Native cultures--parks that were or are home to Natives--including:
And a couple of parks that might offend some Natives:
Note: Are the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rushmore going to be in every set of state quarters? Perhaps the rules should say that no image can appear twice.
For more on the subject, see Ken Burns and Indians, Again and Review of American Indians and National Parks.
Below: The present South Dakota quarter.