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The alternative local currency movement has arrived at the Crow nation. This article from Billings, MN discusses the Crow Tribe's plans for a local currency. -Editor

Crow Scout silver coin The director of the Crow Tribe’s business development department hopes creating a tribal currency will spur tribal members to spend money on the reservation and encourage the creation of more businesses.

The tribe is minting copper, silver and gold coins called “scouts” to serve as its sovereign currency, The Billings Gazette reported Friday.

Ceivert LaForge, director of the tribe’s LLC Department, has been working on the project since March with Eddie Allen, director of the Dallas-based Sovereign Economics. The company’s website says it helps “nations, states, communities and groups” establish their own currencies.

The tribe plans to introduce the new currency Friday evening during the Crow Fair powwow.

To help finance the launching of the Crow currency, the tribe commissioned 1,000 one-ounce silver medallions commemorating the Battle of the Little Bighorn. They are not currency and are being sold for $50 each, mainly to coin collectors.

The tribe hopes to introduce the currency gradually, possibly by having tribal employees receive some of their pay in scouts, with the proportion of Crow currency increasing over time.

The Crow scouts will include six coins — two copper, two silver and two gold — each stamped with the image of a different Crow chief.

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