This article includes excerpts from the press release issued by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which is available here. 

The jury for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Native American Veterans Memorial has unanimously selected the design concept submitted by Harvey Pratt titled, “Warriors’ Circle of Honor.” Groundbreaking for the memorial is slated for September 21, 2019. It is slated to open late 2020.

“Through meeting thousands of Native American Veterans, I learned most of all about the commitment these Veterans have to the well-being of the United States,” said Kevin Gover, director of the museum. “These Veterans are perfectly aware that they are serving a country that had not kept its commitments to Native people, and yet they chose—and are still choosing—to serve. This reflects a very deep kind of patriotism. I can think of no finer example of service to the United States and the promise it holds.”

Native Americans serve at a higher rate per capita than any other population group. Few outside the military and American Indian Nations know that Native people have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the American Revolution and continue to serve today. The nation’s capital is