National Museum of the American Indian
This is a historic and long overdue decision.
I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.
Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.
The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future.
Every American Indian person at the powwow is connected, and is making a statement that American Indian people are still here. This is our celebration of life past, present and future.
As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.
Swedish Royal Family's D.C. Visit Includes American Indian Museum, Library Of Congress, Kennedy Center
Meanwhile, Washington has gone Harry crazy ahead of the younger British prince's visit. The ginger royal is expected to tour
Despite great odds, dance remains a vibrant, meaningful and diverse form of cultural expression in many Native communities throughout the Americas.
This week's been a bit hectic for me, but that made having today off for museum-going all the sweeter. I came up with the idea of making a list of 10 things at the Smithsonian Institution's various museums and other facilities that make me smile.
Ahead of next week's All Nations Skate Jam national championships in New Mexico, the National Museum of the American Indian