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

Now, together we can ensure that they are always remembered.

A national memorial to honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans is long overdue. The National Museum of the American Indian is seeking your help to make this project a reality. While Congress commissioned the museum to build the National Native Americans Veterans Memorial, no federal funds may be used to pay for the project.

With your help, we can honor some of the most dedicated defenders of our nation.

Will you make a contribution to honor those who serve?


Support the Memorial

The National Native American Veterans Memorial, located on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be the first memorial to honor Native American veterans in Washington, DC.

The estimated budget for the memorial, its long-term maintenance, and associated educational programs is $15 million. Your support is critical to our success.

National Native American Veterans Memorial Case for Support
Leadership opportunities
Sponsorship opportunities for your tribe or corporation
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Memorial budget breakdown

Leadership Opportunities

Commitments from Native American communities, organizations, and tribal leaders, alongside those from corporations, foundations, and individuals, will allow us to begin construction in 2019. With your support, the National Native American Veterans Memorial will not only honor veterans and those on active duty, it will also preserve the extraordinary history of Native American service for future generations.

All levels of commitment are welcome and needed. Sponsorships with attractive benefits are available at several levels. Those who make contributions of $100,000 or more will be recognized on the donor plaque at the memorial site.

Please consider making a commitment today. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact nmai-advancement@si.edu.


Veterans at the NMAI groundbreaking ceremonies
United States senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell, at left in regalia, and Daniel K. Inouye stand with members of the Vietnam Era Veterans Inter-Tribal Association during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the NMAI. Washington, DC, September 28, 1999. Campbell (Northern Cheyenne, b. 1933), a Korean War veteran, is one of the few American Indians to ever serve in Congress. For his actions during World War II, Inouye (1924–2012) received more than 15 medals and citations, most notably the Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. MARIO TAMA / AFP / Getty Images