Wouldn’t You Like to See Her on a $20 Bill?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 9th, 2015 Last Updated on: April 9th, 2015


For Natives, it's a not-so-nice reminder of history every time you open your wallet and see Andrew Jackson's face on the $20 bill. Somehow the guy that helped pass the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the death of thousands of Native Americans, is immortalized on our money. It's been brought up before that Jackson shouldn't even be on paper money seeing as how he “was a fierce opponent of the central banking system and favored gold and silver coin or “hard money” over paper currency.” That's why a group called Women on 20s would love to see someone new and deserving on the $20 bill.

They narrowed it down to four finalists: former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and first female chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller.

I'm on board to change the face of the $20 bill, how about you?

To read more about Wilma Mankiller and cast your vote, please visit WomenOn20s.org!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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[…] on our list of famous Native American women is Wilma Mankiller, who was a Cherokee’s citizen and born in […]

Sherry RedHawk

There are many of our women who deserve to be so honored. However, being a Cherokee woman, I think Chief Mankiller should be chosen. Andrew Jackson was a tyrant and worse but he was right about the central bank……

Bob Pitman

There is only ONE choice: Wilma Mankiller.

leo jordan

i belong to the cherokee nation in tahlequah ok. my opinion is to make a new 25.00 bill with women on the bill.
leo jordan jr.

Iyé-ha Enó-ha Johnson

Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe member here. I agree with Leo Jordan Jr. Issuing a $25 bill would be wiser.

Iyé-ha Enó-ha Johnson

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