Randy’L Teton, Sacajawea Golden Dollar Model

Randy’L Teton is a Shoshone-Bannock tribal member from the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho. Teton attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history with a minor in Native American studies.

While in college, Teton was chosen as a model for a new coin by New Mexico artist Glenna Goodacre. In 2000, the United States Mint released the new Golden Dollar coin to honor Sacajawea, a Shoshone girl from Salmon, Idaho, who guided the “Corps of Discovery” known as the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. Sacajawea became the first Indigenous woman on a U.S. coin, and according to the U. S. Mint, Randy’L is the youngest and only living model on U.S. currency.

Teton traveled the country promoting the Sacajawea dollar and Sacajawea’s story. One of the things she loves about promoting the Sacajawea coin is teaching others about the historical and modern history of Native Americans and breaking down common stereotypes of American Indians and women. In addition, Teton recently wrote a children’s graphic novel, “It’s Her Story: Sacajawea,” about Sacajawea’s journey from a tribal perspective.

Shoshone-Bannock tribal member Randy’L Teton posed as the model for the U.S. Sacajawea Golden Dollar, and is the youngest and only living model on U.S. currency. Photo courtesy of Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism

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