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Jefferson peace and friendship medal
Description Thomas Jefferson peace and friendship medal removed from a Mdewakanton Dakota burial site during the construction of Main Street in Red Wing, Minnesota. The silver medal is of the type distributed by the United States government to honor chiefs or to establish friendly relationships with Native groups. The obverse features a bust of Thomas Jefferson in relief facing left with the inscription "Th. Jefferson President of the U.S.A. D. 1801." The reverse shows two hands clasped in a handshake; a crossed pipe and axe decorate the area above the hands, as do the engraved words, "peace and friendship."
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 4 inches diameter
Nomenclature Medal
Subjects Jefferson, President Thomas
Used by Mdewakanton Dakota
Dakota Indians
Used in Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States
Found at Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States
Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869.
Badges, Buttons & Medals. Peace & Friendship Medals
Indian. Badges, Buttons & Medals. Peace & Friendship Medals
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1801
Discovery: Not earlier than 1825 - Not later than 1854

Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 8407