Ground Broken for the Native American Veterans Memorial on National Mall in Nation’s Capital

The National Native American Veterans Memorial, Warriors’ Circle of Honor, Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne/Arapaho) National Museum of the American Indian

Published September 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Saturday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which sits on the National Mall in Washington, broke ground for construction of the Native American Veterans Memorial. The memorial, named Warrior’s Circle of Honor, will built of the grounds of the museum.

The $15 million memorial will take over a year to construct and is scheduled to be dedicated on Veterans Day 2020. The Warrior’s Cirlce of Honor was designed by Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne/Arapaho).

“The circle is something that is really meaningful to most – if not all – Native communities in different ways,” said Rebecca Trautman, curator of the National Museum of the American Indian. “It represents the cycle of life, the cycle of the season, the cyclical nature of time. It suggests a circular gathering place for storytelling, prayer or ceremony.”

 

Rep. Deb Haaland speaking at groundbreaking ceremony.

“Native American veterans and their contributions to our country have gone unrecognized throughout history. Today, we broke ground on a memorial that will be a place of healing for our warriors and a place of solace to recognize their sacrifices at the National Museum of the American Indian,” said U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M. 1st District), a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial, Warriors’ Circle of Honor, Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma)
National Museum of the American Indian

 

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