San Manuel Hosts Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit
Public Invited To Community Consultation on Native Veterans Memorial
Through the rest of 2016, guests of San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino will be greeted by several large banners, each representing a group of Native Veterans who have fought in the US Armed Forces to protect the nation in times of conflict.
These banners are part of a new traveling exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” produced by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and made possible by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, whose Tribal members have also served to protect the United States at home and abroad. Patriot Nations tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military.
Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East and this travelling exhibit is just the start of their recognition of service. The Patriot Nations Exhibit is on a national tour to spread awareness and collaborate with people across the country to develop the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Sixteen banners in all will be exhibited at the San Manuel Community Center and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino through the end of year and we invite you to view the banner exhibition to learn more about American Indian and Alaska Native veteran's service and sacrifice. The banners include the stories of the famous Navajo Code Talkers and Thunderbirds, liberators of over 32,000 prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp.
Veterans or those with an interest in veterans’ affairs are encouraged to join the community consultations, which are open to the public. Visit the National Museum of the American Indian website where there is posted a schedule of community consultations open to the public to discuss the monument, as well as more information on the traveling Patriot Nations exhibition which is going across the nation. The next community consultation will be November 10 at the San Manuel Village.
Photo caption: Eagle-feather war bonnets adorn U.S. military uniform jackets at a Ton-Kon-Gah (Black Leggings Society) ceremonial, held annually to honor Kiowa tribal veterans. Near Anadarko, Oklahoma, 2006.
Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian.