|Keokuk, chief of the Sauk tribe in the early 1900s, advocated compliance, peace and unity between the Native American peoples and the United States. Portrayed by the artist George Catlin, this noble chief wears brilliantly colored regalia and is depicted astride a spirited black stallion. These traits have been integrated into the design of "Keokuk, Sauk Chief" and represent the life and accompishments of this remarkable man.|
The wild horse of North America, the Mustang, is descended from thirty Spanish Mustangs brought to the continent by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Escaped, stollen or released, horses began to breed, establish herds and spread across the West, where today they range in tens of thousands. To keep the wild herds healthy, mustangs are caught and trained as part of prison rehabilitation programs and are known to be excellent working and ranch horses. Considered a "living symbol of the West", mustang herds are protected and managed by the Bureau of Land Management and can still be observed roaming free throughout Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon.