The following is excerpted from an Inside the Mint feature by Robyn Showanes.
The U.S. Mint celebrated the Maria Tallchief quarter during an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 29, 2023. The event was held in partnership with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum and the Osage Nation. The Maria Tallchief Quarter is the final release in 2023 and the 10th coin overall in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program.
The event took place at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, where approximately 400 guests attended. In honor of Tallchief being America’s first major prima ballerina, attendees enjoyed two ballet performances by the WahZhaZhe Ballet. In addition to the ballet performances, children from the Daposka Ahnkodapi school sang beautiful songs in the Osage language. Special guests in the crowd included U.S. Treasurer Chief Lynn Malerba, famed ballerina Misty Copeland, and actress and star of “Killers of the Flower Moon” Lily Gladstone.
During her remarks, Chief Malerba expressed her respect for Tallchief.
“Today, I honor the strong indigenous woman who comes from a strong indigenous family who has strong indigenous people who are following the path with her.”
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