Date Authorized: 1907
Ribbon Colors: bronze; red; black
Multi-banded ribbon in colors red and black; ordered as red-black-red-black-red; NOTE: Original ribbon of 1907 was all red until black stripes were added in December of 1917 to differentiate it from the French Legion of Honor.
Rounded bronze medal suspended from ribbon by loop ring; front face of medal depicts Indian horsemen with war bonnet armed with a spear. A line of arrowheads run from the midway point of the medal edges to the bottom, meeting at a buffalo head. Above the scene are the words "INDIAN WARS". The reverse side of the medal depicts a spread eagle above a collection a collection of cannon, rifles (numbering six), standards (four), spears (three), arrow quiver, machete, shield, and a Sulu kris Below the scene are the words "FOR SERVICE". Below the text are arranged thirteen stars. Along the top edge of the medal are the words "UNITED STATES ARMY".
Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.