A design has been chosen for a Native American Veterans Memorial to be built on the Mall in Washington at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Rebecca Trautman is the project curator. “American Indians, Alaskan natives, and native Hawaiians have served honorably and in great numbers since the Revolutionary War and they continue to do so.”
Trautman explained that museum staff and an advisory committee began, in 2015, to travel across the country meeting with more than 1,200 native Americans and tribal leaders. “Really listening to what they want to see in the memorial, the story they want to tell and what they want the experience of visiting the memorial to be.”
In Virginia, Pamunkey Chief Robert Gray, is an Air Force vet, said over the years, members of the tribe have served in all branches of the military and many are serving now. He’s seen the memorial and said he was impressed by it. “It’s a big thing for the Pamunkey Tribe and, I’m sure, the other tribes here in Virginia.”
The memorial will open in 2020.