The theme of the 2021 Native American $1 Coin is Native Americans in the U.S. Military.
Native Americans have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in each of our nation’s conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War. They have served at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. During World War I, Native Americans volunteered to fight in astonishing numbers although most were ineligible for the draft. Of the 10,000 Native Americans who served in the Army and the 2,000 who served in the Navy, three out of four were volunteers.
Native Americans have received recognition for their service, including five Medals of Honor during World War II. Their exemplary record of military service continues to this day.