100 Years and Counting
100 Years and Counting: The Vision and the Dream
NMAI has also become a crucible for the discussion of contemporary issues of critical significance to Indian country and the shaping of Federal policy. Symposia dialogues involving experts on these issues have served as an important source not only in the thoughtful shaping of public policy but in the dispelling of stereotypes and their symbolic representations. And the NMAI has consistently invited members of Congress and Federal policy-makers to become constructively engaged with tribal citizens representing a broad spectrum of Native perspectives.
The National Museum of the American Indian is fulfilling its responsibilities for the maintenance and care of a magnificent and vast collection, while simultaneously creating an international awareness, knowledge and a new understanding of Native people, their cultures, languages, histories and contemporary lifeways.
Like all living beings, NMAI continues to grow and to adapt to changing circumstances. The National Museum of the American Indian is a vision and a dream in the process of being realized.