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MazaCoin (Maza, MZC) is a cryptocurrency launched in 2014. Its developer Payu Harris promoted it as a potential future official currency of the Oglala Lakota tribe.[1][2][3][4][5]


MazaCoin development was started by Harris in 2014. He claims it is a response to the seizure of the Black Hills.[5]

In April 2017, Mazacoin was 17th for cryptocurrency market capitalization.[6] In October, a Mashable article on the Oglala Lakota included a video about Harris's efforts to get MazaCoin accepted.[7]

Technical details

The underlying software for MazaCoin is derived from that of another cryptocurrency, ZetaCoin, which in turn is based on bitcoin's SHA-256 proof of work system.[8][9]

Further reading

  • 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[10]


  1. ^ Vigna, Paul (March 7, 2014). "Lakota Indian Promotes New Digital Currency, Mazacoin". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Browning, Lynnley (August 14, 2014). "Oglala Sioux Hope Bitcoin Alternative, Mazaoin, Will Change Economic Woes". Newsweek. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Landry, Alysa (March 3, 2014). "9 Questions Surrounding MazaCoin, the Lakota CryptoCurrency: Answered". Indian Country Today. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Vigna, Paul (2014-03-07). "Lakota Indian promotes new digital currency, Mazacoin". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ a b Browning, Lynnley. "Oglala Sioux hopes Bitcoin alternative, MazaCoin will change economic woes". Newsweek. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
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  8. ^ Bradbury, Danny (2014-02-06). "Mazacoin Aims to be Sovereign Altcoin for Native Americans". CoinDesk.
  9. ^ Hofman, Adam (2014-03-06). "The dawn of the national currency – an exploration of country-based cryptocurrencies". Bitcoin Magazine.
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