American Indian Subjects on United States Postage Stamps


Since 1898, many stamps have been issued to honor American Indians and their contributions.  Below is a list of those stamps along with their denomination and date of issue. Stamps on which American Indians are part of a mixed scene – for example the ten-cent 1893 “Columbus Presenting Natives” stamp or the three-cent 1934 “Wisconsin Tercentenary” stamp – are not included.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all United States postage stamps and provides other useful information, including illustrations. The Guide can be found in some bookstores and Post Offices, ordered by calling 1-800-STAMP-24, or purchased through the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.

Subject

Denomination

Date Issued

Indian Hunting Buffalo

June 17, 1898

Pocahontas

May 8, 1907
(earliest known use)

American Indian

14¢

May 1, 1923

National Parks: Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

September 25, 1934

Indian Centennial

October 15, 1948

Will Rogers

November 4, 1948

Frederic Remington, Artist of the West

October 4, 1961

Alaska Purchase

March 30, 1967

Chief Joseph

November 4, 1968

Haida Ceremonial Canoe

May 6, 1970

American Folk Art, Pueblo Art: Zia

13¢

April 13, 1977

American Folk Art, Pueblo Art: San Ildefonso

13¢

April 13, 1977

American Folk Art, Pueblo Art: Hopi

13¢

April 13, 1977

American Folk Art, Pueblo Art: Acoma

13¢

April 13, 1977

Indian Head Penny

13¢

January 11, 1978

Will Rogers

15¢

November 4, 1979

American Folk Art, Indian Art: Heiltsuk, Bella Bella

15¢

September 25, 1980

American Folk Art, Indian Art: Chilkat Tlingit

15¢

September 25, 1980

American Folk Art, Indian Art: Tlingit

15¢

September 25, 1980

American Folk Art, Indian Art: Bella Coola

15¢

September 25, 1980

Sequoyah

19¢

December 27, 1980

Crazy Horse

13¢

January 15, 1982

Jim Thorpe

20¢

May 24, 1984

American Folk Art, Navajo Art (4 different designs)

22¢

September 4, 1986

American Folk Art, Wood Carving: Cigar-Store Figure

22¢

October 1, 1986

Red Cloud

10¢

August 15, 1987

Sitting Bull

28¢

September 14, 1989

Southwest Carved Figure

25¢

October 12, 1989

Southeast Carved Figure

45¢

October 12, 1989

Indian Headdresses: Assiniboine

25¢

August 17, 1990

Indian Headdresses: Cheyenne

25¢

August 17, 1990

Indian Headdresses: Comanche

25¢

August 17, 1990

Indian Headdresses: Flathead

25¢

August 17, 1990

Indian Headdresses: Shoshone

25¢

August 17, 1990

The First Americans Crossed Over from Asia

50¢

October 12, 1991

Legends of the West: Native American Culture

29¢

October 18, 1994

Legends of the West: Chief Joseph

29¢

October 18, 1994

Legends of the West: Geronimo

29¢

October 18, 1994

Legends of the West: Sacagawea

29¢

October 18, 1994

Civil War: Stand Watie

32¢

June 29, 1995

American Indian Dances: Fancy Dance

32¢

June 7, 1996

American Indian Dances: Butterfly Dance

32¢

June 7, 1996

American Indian Dances: Traditional Dance

32¢

June 7, 1996

American Indian Dances: Raven Dance

32¢

June 7, 1996

American Indian Dances: Hoop Dance

32¢

June 7, 1996

Classic American Dolls: Plains Indian

32¢

July 28, 1997

Celebrate the Century-1910s: Jim Thorpe, Star at Stockholm

32¢

February 3, 1998

Four Centuries of American Art: Albert Bierstadt

32¢

August 27, 1998

Four Centuries of American Art: George Catlin

32¢

August 27, 1998

Celebrate the Century-1930s:   America Survives the Depression

32¢

September 10, 1998

Navajo Jewelry

August 20, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Mimbres bowl

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Kutenai parfleche

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Tlingit sculptures

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Ho-Chunk bag

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Seminole doll

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Mississippian effigy

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Acoma pot

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Navajo weaving

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Seneca carving

37¢

August 21, 2004

Art of the American Indian: Luiseño basket

37¢

August 21, 2004

American Treasures: New Mexico Rio Grande Blankets (4 designs, including Pueblo and Navajo)

37¢

July 30, 2005

Since 2011, all commemorative stamps for the First-Class Mail one-ounce rate have been Forever stamps, equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. The value given in parentheses was the price of the stamp when first issued.

Innovative Choreographers: Katherine Dunham

(45¢)

July 28, 2012

--------

HISTORIAN
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
FEBRUARY 2016

Image of die proof of the stamp "Indian Hunting Buffalo"

Die proof of “Indian Hunting Buffalo”, the first U.S. postage stamp to portray a uniquely Native American theme.