The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress to build a National Native American Memorial.
Alaska Natives and American Indians have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War and in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. (pictured right -- Commander Ozzie Sheakley welcomes NMAI to Southeast Alaska)
- World War II, its estimated more than 44,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians served
- Vietnam War, its estimated more than 42,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians served
- Today, an estimated 31,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians men and women are on active in the US armed forces
- In total for all service, its estimated that more than 140,000 living veterans self-identify as Alaska Native or American Indian
On Monday, June 12, 2017, Sealaska Heritage hosted a consultation between Native veterans/community members and NMAI about the National Native American Veterans Memorial. NMAI Director Kevin Gover was in Juneau for the discussion. NAMI anticipates that the National Native American Veterans Memorial will be dedicated in the year 2020.
(pictured above - Sealaska director | Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl)
In recognition of Southeast Alaska Native Veterans service and contribution to our country, Albert Kookesh, on behalf of Sealaska and its shareholders, presented a $2,500 contribution to support the construction of the Veterans Memorial. Chair Nelson was not able to attend the consultation but stated that he is pleased that Alaska Native Vets will finally be recognized on the National Mall. Sealaska will be working with other Alaska Native entities to help raise the funds.
Read more about the memorial, click here.