By Andrew Turck
Big Horn County News
Nearly a thousand tribal members in colorful powwow regalia surrounded the arbor Friday night at Crow Fair, the largest gathering of Native Americans in the Northern Plains, as Chairman Darrin Old Coyote put a new economic currency to the test. The “scout,” by way of executive decision, is now the official mint of the Apsáalooke Nation.
“As the great Creator guides us forward,” Old Coyote said to the crowd, “may this action help to ensure our prosperity for future generations to come.”
To help keep scouts from going the way of clams, shells and Greybacks, they will be coins made of precious metals: copper, silver and gold. The American Open Currency Standard will monitor the scout’s worth in comparison to the dollar, assess its weight and purity, and work to expand the coin’s market options.