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Native American Veterans Memorial Project

November 27, 2017

Few people know that Native Americans serve the U.S. armed forces at higher rates per capita than any other ethnic group and have served since the American Revolution. That is about to change. On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian began accepting entries for designs for a National Native American Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

Entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. EST Jan. 9, 2018.

Military uniform with eagle feather bonnet
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General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces in the South Pacific

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Kevin Gover and WWII Veteran Jesse Edward Oxendine

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Lauren Good Day Giago Dress

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Military service record of John Montour

Military service record of John Montour

Military service record of John Montour, ca. 1781, John Montour (Lenape [Delaware]/Métis, 1744–1788) was a cultural mediator during the Revolutionary War between his people and Euro-Americans. He also served the Americans as captain of a company of Lenape soldiers. National Archives and Records Administration 31138408

Military service record of John Montour

Military service record of John Montour

Military service record of John Montour, ca. 1781, John Montour (Lenape [Delaware]/Métis, 1744–1788) was a cultural mediator during the Revolutionary War between his people and Euro-Americans. He also served the Americans as captain of a company of Lenape soldiers. National Archives and Records Administration 31138408

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Photo: © 2004 Judy Davis/Hoachlander Davis Photography for Smithsonian

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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Black and white photo of powwow

© 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw. Reprinted with permission

Powwow at Lone Bear’s dance ground. Carnegie, Oklahoma, ca. 1945. 45POW55. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw. Reprinted with permission.

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Gus Palmer and Horace Poolaw in front of aircraft

© 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw. Reprinted with permission.

Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. 45UFL14. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw. Reprinted with permission.

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Kiowa veterans memorial

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Eagle-feather war bonnets adorn U.S. military uniform jackets at a Ton-Kon-Gah (Black Leggings Society) ceremonial, held annually to honor Kiowa tribal veterans. Near Anadarko, Oklahoma, 2006. 

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