Celebrates Opening of the National Museum of the American Indian
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today celebrating the opening of the new National Museum
of the American Indian on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol:
National Museum of the American Indian opens its doors today in
our nations capital. Conceived and designed by Native Americans,
the museum is breathtaking in its beauty and striking in its location
on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol. It is a fitting presentation
to the nation and the world of the ancient, varied, and living cultures
of the first human inhabitants of the Americas.
Native Americans and their friends from around the country have
gathered here to celebrate the opening of the museum, participating
in a glorious procession and gathering near the museum for the official
opening ceremony. I join them in their celebration and encourage
all Americans to honor their cultures, which have given so much
to the world, their survival in the face of overwhelming adversity,
and their renewal in the modern era.
opening day marks a new chapter in the story of the American Indian
experience. During the creation of the museum, Native Americans
participated at every step of the way to ensure that it would embody
their views and be imbued with their spirit. The museum reflects
the resurgence we see in Native American communities today.
Americans must be full partners in all endeavors that affect their
lives and lands. Democrats are committed to the twin pillars of
our nations relationship with Native American tribes: upholding
sovereignty and fulfilling our 'trust' responsibilities. We must
always honor tribal sovereignty and make sure that every congressional
action that affects tribes reflects the government-to-government
relationship between the federal government and the Indian tribes.
We must also honor our nations 'trust' responsibility to manage
the Indian land, money, and resources that the U.S. government holds
in the way that will benefit Native Americans the most.
pledge to work hand in hand with Native Americans to improve health,
education, and economic development in Indian Country. We must respect
Native American views and vision. As with the creation of the museum,
the results can only be successful if Native Americans are full
partners in crafting solutions and laying the groundwork for health,
prosperity, and cultural renewal."
# # #