Current Affairs

In Their Own Voices

Cross-country meetings with American Indian veterans have clarified the vision for the National Native American Veterans Memorial. A juried competition for its design will begin Nov. 11, 2017. Read more »

A Light at the Museum

A new animation display at the NMAI – D.C.’s popular statue and meeting place Allies in War, Partners in Peace illuminates the role of the Oneida Indian Nation in supporting Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army. Read more »

The Tohono O'odham and the Border Wall

The homeland of the O'odham people extends from the Goal River in Arizona to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Deep religious, cultural and family ties spanned this region long before the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 imposed an international border, and they persist today. Read more »

Ofelia Zepeda

The career of the distinguished linguist and poet is winning national recognition. Read more »

100 Years and Counting

A symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of the American Indian brings reflections on the achievements of the predecessor of our Museum and its founder George Gustav Heye, as well as recollections of the transition to a Smithsonian institution. Read more »

The Continuing Saga of Louise Erdrich

With due respect to Bob Dylan, many in Indian Country feel the next Nobel Prize for Literature should go to Louise Erdrich. Read more »


Smithsonian historian Herman Viola eulogizes his adopted brother, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more »


Possibly the oldest team sport in the world, the game played by the Hero Twins of the Popol Vuh lives on in several small villages in Sinaloa, Mexico. Researchers are hoping to save it from extinction. Read more »

Auwe Ua Hiti E!

In 1976, the Polynesian Voyaging Society launched its sea-going outrigger canoe, the first built in Hawaii in centuries, to show how Pacific islanders explored and settled the vast expanse of their ocean. As the craft visits the United States on the last phases of a dramatic four-year, round-the-world voyage, it has done far more, sparking a renaissance in Native Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and conveying a message to all humanity about the need to live in balance with the island Earth. Read more »

Remembering the Vanished

After five years of research, 582 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls have been entered into NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit database. In 2010, the Native Women’s Association concluded that “the intergenerational impact and resulting vulnerabilities of colonization and state policies – such as residential schools, the 60s Scoop and the child welfare system – are underlying factors in the outcomes of violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls.” Read more »