We Will Endure

As we remain in the midst of a global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, I can assure you that the National Museum of the American Indian staff in and around Washington, D.C., and New York have not wavered from our responsibility to fulfill the museum's mission. That mission, to foster a richer shared experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples, is at the core of all that we do. My thoughts are with Indigenous people around the world as we grapple with the consequences of the health and economic crises unfolding around us.

For Native people, epidemics are particularly devastating. Disease transmission from the first moments of Contact has dramatically impacted Indigenous communities in the Americas and across the globe, and its destructive effects continue. This pandemic will be no different: around the world—particularly in Indian Country—the toll will be great. The lack of adequate medical resources and healthcare services was already dire prior to the arrival of the coronavirus on reservations. The closing of tribal businesses and slow economic recovery to follow will be felt for years to come.

The museum is a long-standing witness to the resilience of Native people and culture, and we will continue to amplify Indigenous voices and tell the story of this new chapter of endurance. While at this moment we are still unable to welcome visitors through our doors, the museum continues to provide timely and informative content online, including exhibition websites and Native Knowledge 360° educational materials, as well as performances and webcasts on our YouTube channel. We also present exhibitions as well as information on more than 170 objects from the museum's collection via Google Arts & Culture. You can also browse more than 50 titles in our bookshop, and 20 years of articles and features in American Indian magazine.

This summer, I invite you to enjoy all the online resources available through this website, and to join the conversation on our social media channels. Thank you for your steadfast support. It has helped us to continue to connect and inspire people from every corner of the world with the richness of Native history and culture—past and present.

Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Director
National Museum of the American Indian