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MazaCoin logo
Original author(s)Payu Harris, AnonymousPirate
Initial release7 February 2014; 9 years ago (2014-02-07)
Project fork ofZetacoin, Bitcoin
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Linux
Source modelOpen source
LicenseMIT License
Timestamping schemeProof-of-work
Block reward250 MAZA (as of September, 3 2021), (halved every 950,000 blocks)
Block time1 minute
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

MazaCoin (Maza, MZC) is a cryptocurrency launched in 2014.[1]


MazaCoin was developed by Payu Harris in 2014.[2] Some Native Americans adopted the use of MazaCoin to battle the US Government.[3][4][5]

In October 2017, a Mashable article on the Oglala Lakota included a video about Harris's efforts to get MazaCoin accepted.[6]

Recognition and use[edit]

The currency was adopted by the Lakota Nation in 2014, with half of its supply reserved by the tribe to minimize the price volatility common in cryptocurrencies.[7]

The Lakota leadership formally recognized MazaCoin as their national currency, yet this decision encountered skepticism within the community.[7] The concept of digital currencies, heavily reliant on technology such as apps and smartphones, was less accessible to older generations and those without consistent internet access.[7] To counteract this, a system of paper wallets was developed, allowing MazaCoin to be stored and used in a more traditional, physical format.[7] This system allowed tribal members to use MazaCoin in physical form for transactions within the community, converting it back to digital format at the centralized facility.[7]


  1. ^ Vigna, Paul (March 7, 2014). "Lakota Indian Promotes New Digital Currency, Mazacoin" – via
  2. ^ "He created an indigenous digital currency. The dream is still alive". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2023-11-26.
  3. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (March 5, 2014). "Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Consuji, Bianca; Engel, Evan (18 September 2014). "No Country for Cryptocurrency This man thinks "Bitcoin for Native Americans" can solve tribal poverty. So why won't anyone give him a chance?". Mashable. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ Landry, Alysa. "9 Questions Surrounding MazaCoin, the Lakota CryptoCurrency: Answered". Indian Country Today. Indian Country Today. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  6. ^ Petronzio, Matt (9 October 2017). "Why Square commissioned this stunning short film about Native American youth". Mashable. Archived from the original on 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  7. ^ a b c d e Jeffries, Adrianne (March 5, 2014). "Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government". The Verge.

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