Issues Background
Vol. 22 No. 3
Fall 2021
American Indian Fall 2021 cover

On the Cover

The sun glows over the buttes of Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. This stunning, red-rocked landscape is the ancestral home of many Native peoples.

Photo by Michael A. Estrada


Portrait of Deb Haaland at Pecos National Historical Park
Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland speaks about the need to have Native voices in the highest U.S. government decision-making offices.
An ancient cliff dwelling at Bears Ears National Monument
American Indians were among those who fought to have the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments restored to help protect these precious public and ancestral lands.
Nicole Martin and Rose Yazzie standing in front of the totem pole
Lummi carvers of Washington state carry a totem pole cross-country to the NMAI and U.S. Capitol, stopping at sacred sites in peril.
Eddy Red Eagle Jr. greets a beaded coat of his Osage ancestors
More than 100 items from NMAI’s collection are on view at Oklahoma’s new First Americans Museum, reuniting them with their Native communities after more than a century.
Lula Bia stands in front of her son's flag with his former comrades, Terry Ash and Arthur Corley.
Meet some Native veterans who continue to serve and protect their communities long after their war is over.
Artwork of dolls wearing traditional Oglala Lakota dresses and military uniforms next to a tipi entitled “Honoring Our Lakota Vietnam Veterans."
Emil Her Many Horses, an Oglala Lakota artist and NMAI curator, creates an award-winning work to honor those who served in the Vietnam War.
A granite wall featuring the emblems of the branches of the military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
This photo captures the long shadow of a visitor at the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Open to the public since November 2020, the memorial invites all to reflect and remember.