January 25, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has announced the five finalists for the design of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. They are:
James Dinh Daniel SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) and Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole) Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho) Stefanie Rocknak Leroy Transfield (Māori: Ngai Tahu/Ngati Toa)
The design competition is a juried, two-stage process. Stage I was an international open call to submit design concepts. A blue-ribbon jury of Native and non-Native American artists, designers and scholars selected the design concepts from Stage I to advance to Stage II—the finalist designers.
The museum received 413 registrations from five continents, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. “We are exceedingly happy that we received such a wide response to the competition,” said Donald J. Statsny, FAIA,FAICP, FCIP, the competition manager. “The jury examined each of the 120 completed submittals, and each received a rigorous evaluation resulting in the five design concepts that have been selected for Stage II.”
James Dinh is a public artist and landscape architect who founded studiodinh in Los Angeles to explore notions of history, place and ecology within the context of public space. Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) is a writer, producer and artist and is the former chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole) is a sculptor and artist who has served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is currently serving in the Oklahoma State Senate.