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-83- [[preprinted]] NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS Est. 1944 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Suzan Shown Harjo Cheyenne & Creek Nations EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT Reuben A Snake, Jr. Winnebago Tribe FIRST VICE PRESIDENT John F Gonzales San Ildefonso Pueblo RECORDING SECRETARY Faith Mayhew Klamath Tribe TREASURER Buford L Rolin Poarch Band of Creeks AREA VICE PRESIDENTS ABERDEEN AREA John W. Steele Oglala Sioux Tribe ALBUQUERQUE AREA Stanley Paytiamo Pueblo De Acoma ANADARKO AREA Juanita Ahtone Kiowa Tribe BILLINGS AREA Burnett L Whiteplume Northern Arapahoe Tribe JUNEAU AREA Eric Morrison Tlingit MINNEAPOLIS AREA Hillary Waukau Menominee Tribe MUSKOGEE AREA Pamela Iron Cherokee Nation NORTHEASTERN AREA Rovena Abrams Seneca Nation PHOENIX AREA Thomas R. White Gila River Indian Community PORTLAND AREA Allen V Pinkham Sr Nez Perce Tribe SACRAMENTO AREA Denis Turner Rincon Band of Luiseno SOUTHEASTERN AREA Billy Cypress Miccosukee Tribe 804 D STREET, N.E. • WASHINGTON, D.C. 20002 • (202) 546-9404 [[/preprinted]] SENSE OF THE CONFERENCE RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN ON THE MALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AS A PART OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Whereas, the Honorable Senator Daniel K. Inouye has declared his intention to press for legislation in the United States Congress to establish a National Museum of the American Indian as a living monument to the Indian and Native peoples on the Mall in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Smithsonian Institution; and, Whereas, the Museum of the American Indian in New York City has been entrusted with a vast collection of Indian and Native cultural resources, which is not able to be enjoyed and respected by the Indian and Native peoples, as well as by all American and other peoples; and, Whereas, this collection and that of the Smithsonian Institution contain important cultural and historical evidence of vital, living cultures and traditions of the Indian and Native peoples, and should be available and accessible throughout Indian country, nationally and internationally; Now, therefore, be it resolved that it is the sense of the Cultural Concerns Commission and of the 1987 NCAI Mid-Year Conference that the National Congress of American Indians support the establishment of a National Museum of the American Indian, as a living monument to and for the Indian and Native peoples, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., to house the collections of the Museum of the American Indian, as well as future art, artifacts and cultural resources of Indian and Native peoples placed in its trust; and, Be it further resolved that the National Museum of the American Indian should be administered by the Smithsonian Institution with Indian and Native people and offer programs of education, cultural resource preservation and support of smaller Indian and Native museums and cultural centers throughout Indian country in the United States, and that the planning, design and program implementation should be carried out through a board, advisory commission and working groups with significant representation by Indian and Native peoples.
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