National Native American Veterans Memorial Finalists Announced

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.

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