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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
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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.
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact transcribe@si.edu.