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.

Below is a list of stamps issued in honor of African Americans and their contributions. Stamps on which African Americans are part of a mixed scene — for example, the 15-cent "International Year of the Child" issued in 1979 — are not included.

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.

Subject Denomination Date Issued
Innovative Choreographers: Katherine Dunham (45¢) July 28, 2012
Post Office Murals: Kiowas Moving Camp (by Stephen Mopepe) (55¢) April 10, 2019

HISTORIAN
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
JULY 2021