By Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
All are invited to join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in dedicating the National Native American Veterans Memorial on Friday, November 11. The Indigenous Veterans Dedication Procession and Ceremony will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of a three-day event (November 11-13) to honor military service Native American, Alaska Native and Hawaiian veterans. Information about the dedication and how to register to participate in the Aboriginal Veterans Procession can be found by visiting the memorial website americanindian.si.edu/nnavm The procession and dedication will be broadcast live.
Events November 11 will begin with a procession of Native American veterans along the National Mall, from the museum to the ceremony scene in front of the United States Capitol. Registration is open to individual veterans and groups of veterans. Family members, friends and communities are encouraged to honor participating veterans from viewing areas along the procession route. The dedication ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.
The museum will remain open until 8 p.m. on November 11.
Throughout the weekend (November 12 and 13), the museum will host special programming in honor of the memorial’s dedication, including performances by musical artists, presentation of the colors by the Native American Women Warriors , hands-on activities, movies and a Veterans Hospitality Suite.
Visitors can also visit the exhibition “Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forceson the second floor of the museum. The exhibit, which tells personal stories of Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Native veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, brings long-awaited recognition to those who served their country from selflessly and with honor for more than 250 years.
For more information, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu/visit/washington/nnavm-dedication
All activities listed take place on Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise stated.
Veterans Home Suite
10am–5.30pm | Sponsors’ Fair | Level 4
Hospitality area with seating and light refreshments provided to veterans.
Meet the designer of the memorial*
12 p.m.–1 p.m. (*Saturday only) | Rasmuson Theater | Level 1
Memorial designer Harvey Pratt and curator Rebecca Trautmann discuss the design process and creation of the memorial.
Meet the authors*
1 p.m.–3 p.m. (*Sunday only) | Overlook | Level 2
Alexandra Harris and Mark Hirsch, authors of Why we serve discuss the exhibit and sign purchased copies of the book.
Musical and cultural performances
10am–5pm | Potomac Atrium | Level 1
10:00 a.m. Start of the program: Shawn Martinez (Diné), aka DJ Tribal Touch
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentation of the colors of the Native American warriors (intertribal)
10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora) and Alexis Raeana (Lumbee)
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Aloha Boys (Native Hawaiian)
12:00-12:30 Wade Fernandez (Menominee)
12:45–1:15 p.m. DDAT (Navajo)
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Singers from Akwesasne (Mohawk)
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Innastate (Various Pueblos)
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Morongo Birdsingers (Morongo Band of Mission Indians)
3:45-4:15 p.m. Spencer Battiest (Florida Seminole)
4:30 to 5 p.m. Keith Secola (Ojibway)
11am–5pm | Rasmuson Theater | Level 1
Films featuring the National Native American Veterans Memorial and veterans service are screened throughout the weekend.
Series of short films (60 min.)
Cree code speakers
(Canada, 2016, 13 mins.)
Directed by: Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)
English and Cree with English subtitles
Gene Boy Came Home
(Canada, 2007, 24 mins.)
Director: Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
A service history (Auburn Vet)
(USA, 2018, 4 mins.)
Director: Tracy Rector
Ka Ho’i (The Return)
(USA, 2021, 20 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Viernes
Writer/Producer: Lopaka Kapanui (Kanaka Maoli)
Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Memory
(USA, 2017, 70 mins.)
Director: George A. Colburn
protectors of the people
(USA, 2018, 57 mins.)
Director: Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné)
The museum’s imagiNATIONS activity center will offer activities for young visitors, including veteran profiles, postcard stations, making a paper star for veterans and story time.
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