The American Women Quarters Program features coins with designs showcasing contributions of prominent American women. That covers a wide spectrum of fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space and the arts. Maria Tallchief is the latest Native American woman FROM Oklahoma who will appear on the quarter. A `member` of the Osage Nation who passed away in 2013 was known as America's first prima ballerina. Honoring Maria on the quarter will create more awareness and appreciation for her contributions to ballet, which still remain unequaled in dance today, said her nephew, Russ Tallchief. The range of accomplishments and experiences of these extraordinary women speak to the contributions women have always made in the history of our country, said Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson in a press statement.

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