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National Native American Veterans Memorial to be dedicated Nov. 11

The dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial has been set for Nov. 11 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The ceremony will take place on the grounds of the museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Organizers said the dedication will begin with a procession of Native veterans on the National Mall, followed by a dedication ceremony, concert and five days of musical performances and programs.

Native American veterans who want to participate in the opening procession can register online.

A rendering of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The design is by Harvey Pratt/Butzer Architects and Urbanism. The illustration is by Skyline Ink. (NMAI)

Those who want to perform during the five-day event may apply at the performance link on the webpage.

Native Americans have served in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces since the American Revolution and in larger numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. The memorial, which was commissioned by Congress, honors American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans.

The interactive memorial was designed by artist Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) of Oklahoma.

The memorial consists of a large elevated stainless steel circle balanced on a carved stone drum. It incorporates water for sacred ceremonies and benches for gathering and reflection.

For more information, visit americanindian.si.edu/nnavm/ or contact the museum by email at NNAVMDedication@si.edu or by phone at (202) 633-7020.

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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.
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