National Native American Veterans Memorial Design Competition
Selected Finalist is Harvey Pratt
The design concept submitted by Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne/Arapaho) titled, “Warriors’ Circle of Honor” is the unanimous selection for the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Groundbreaking is slated for Sept. 21, 2019, and dedication is planned for late 2020.
This decision was informed by over 35 consultations with Native American veterans throughout the country and 120 design submissions in an open blind competition.
This memorial carries the deep responsibility of educating across generations; respectfully acknowledging American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans; and reminding all Americans of our national obligation to honor this inspired legacy.
I express my deep gratitude to everyone who has participated in this process, in particular the Stage Two finalists James Dinh, Dan Jones, Kelly Haney, Stefanie Rocknak, and Leroy Transfield. I am thankful for our members and advisors who shared their thoughts during consultation, public comment, and design submission. Your contributions have provided invaluable insight. We could not have gotten to this moment without you and we know that your continuing support will see this important endeavor through to completion.
Kevin Gover, Director
National Museum of the American Indian
This permanent veterans memorial on the nation’s preeminent stage—the National Mall—will shed light on the countless Native American warriors who have given so much of themselves throughout history, and who continue to defend our nation today.
We are a nation of patriots
Though we celebrate those who dedicate themselves to defending our nation, many Americans are unaware of the exceptional service performed by Native American veterans.
Taking up the charge given by Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will establish a National Native American Veterans Memorial in the heart of Washington, DC. When the memorial is unveiled, we will recognize for the first time on a national scale the enduring and distinguished service of Native Americans in every branch of the U.S. armed forces.
Native Americans have participated in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War through today’s conflicts in the Middle East. Contributions by Native Americans have saved lives, enabled our country’s victories, and exemplified the courage that defines American patriotism. Yet they remain unrecognized by any prominent landmark in our nation’s capital.
We invite you to participate in this historic moment—for our country, for veterans, and for the Native American communities whose loyalty and passion have helped make America what it is today.
Kevin Gover (Pawnee)
Director, National Museum of the American Indian