News Releases

(06) 30-Day Countdown: National Museum of the American Indian Announces a Call for Entries for Veterans Memorial

Students, Architects, Artists, Designers and More Can Submit Designs Veterans Day 2017 Through Jan. 9, 2018

October 11, 2017

The first stage of the international design competition to build the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opens on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The Veterans Memorial, scheduled to open in 2020, will be located on museum grounds on the National Mall. A blue-ribbon jury of Native and non-Native artists, designers, scholars and veterans will judge the design submissions. Don Statsny, architect, urban planner and community facilitator, will oversee the competition.

The international competition is open to all; students, architects, artists, designers and anyone else who wants to can submit a design. The design will be selected through a juried, two-stage process. Stage I will be an open call to submit design concepts. The jury will select up to five finalists to participate in Stage II. The second stage will require finalists to refine their concepts. At the conclusion of Stage II, the jury will review the submittals and select a design concept for the memorial.

Stage I will be open until Jan. 9, 2018. Finalists for Stage II will be notified shortly after submissions close.

More information on this competition will be available on the museum’s site Nov. 11. In the interest of fair and equal access, the museum and advisory committee will not respond to phone calls or email inquiries regarding the application process.

About the National Native American Veterans Memorial

The museum was commissioned by Congress to build a National Native American Veterans Memorial that gives “all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States.” Working with the National Congress of American Indians and other Native American organizations, the museum is in its second year of planning for the memorial.

To help guide this process, the museum formed an advisory committee composed of tribal leaders and Native veterans from across the country who will assist with outreach to Native American communities and veterans. From 2015 until the summer of 2017, the advisory committee and the museum conducted 35 community consultations to seek input and support for the memorial. These events brought together tribal leaders, Native veterans and community members from across the nation and resulted in a shared vision and set of design principles for the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Bank of America; Northrop Grumman; the Citizen Potawatomi Nation; the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP; General Motors; Lee Ann and Marshall Hunt; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; and the Sullivan Insurance Agency of Oklahoma.

For more information about the memorial, visit

About the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. Located on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue S.W., the museum is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). It is accessible from L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station via the Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums exit. Follow the museum via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To learn more about the museum’s mission, visit

# # #



Media only  
Bethany Bentley 

Lisa M. Austin  

eagle feather war bonnets