By Darrin Lee Unser
Mohawk Iron Workers describe the Mohawk people who helped construct skyscrapers and bridges throughout the United States. Their iron worker history dates back to the 1880′s when they labored to build a bridge over the St. Lawrence River. Their work ethic and sure footing demonstrated on that bridge gained them a respected reputation which has led to generations of Mohawk Iron Workers.
Previous Native American $1 Coins showcased the following themes:
2009 – Three Sisters Agriculture
2010 – Great Tree of Peace and the Iroquois Confederacy
2011 – Great Wampanoag Nation
2012 – Trade Routes
2013 – Treaty with the Delawares
Side note: I was wondering how the Mint would "commemorate" events from the early 1800s to the 1930s. You know, from the War of 1812 to the boarding-school era, when the greatest Native achievement was surviving the land thefts and military onslaughts.
And now we have an answer: by skipping them!
The so-called stakeholders didn't agree with my choices:
CCAC Reviews 2015 Native American Dollar Designs
By Les Peters
The preferences of the stakeholders were designs 8 (Congressional Native American Caucus of the House of Representatives and the National Congress of the American Indian), 13 (National Congress of the American Indian and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs), and 15 (Senate Committee on Indian Affairs).
The only one of these that made my list was 13, the middle one.
But the committee liked design 4, so it authorized some changes:
For more on the subject, see 2014 Dollar to Honor Lewis and Clark and 2013 Sacagawea Dollar Reverse Unveiled.