MazaCoin development was started by Harris in 2014. He claims it is a response to the seizure of the Black Hills.
In April 2017, Mazacoin was 17th for cryptocurrency market capitalization. In October, a Mashable article on the Oglala Lakota included a video about Harris's efforts to get MazaCoin accepted.
The underlying software for MazaCoin is derived from that of another cryptocurrency, ZetaCoin, which in turn is based on bitcoin's SHA-256proof of work system.
Decolonization in a Digital Age: Cryptocurrencies and Indigenous Self-Determination in Canada in Canadian Journal of Law and Society (1 April 2017, Volume 32, Issue, pp. 19-35) by Christopher Alcantara and Caroline Dick