Spring 2018

Celebrating Native Innovation

The new imagiNATIONS Activity Center opening in May in the New York National Museum of the American Indian offers hands-on experience of the many discoveries of Indigenous Americans as they learned to thrive in their environment. Staples developed through generations of crossbreeding, such as potatoes, tomatoes and maize, have spread worldwide.

Many Roads to Tribal Rights

A mile-marker arose in 2016 in the middle of a camp of “water protectors” protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, covered with signs showing how far tribal supporters had travelled to the North Dakota site. When state authorities dispersed the camp, the signpost was donated to the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C, where it is now part of the Nation to Nation exhibition on Indian treaties.

Fighting the Nazis: A Creek Indian Wins the Congressional Medal of Honor

The first American Indian to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in the 20th century, Lt. Col. Ernest Childers (Muscogee Creek) graduated from Chilocco Indian Agricultural school on the eve of World War II. Like many of his schoolmates, he enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard, soon to be incorporated into the U.S. Army. His single-handed heroism in the bloody Italian Campaign was the start of a distinguished military career.

Spring 2018

Native ingenuity is the theme of the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the downtown Manhattan George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian. This inventiveness, which has allowed the Inuit to adapt to harsh Arctic conditions, is exemplified in this beautifully beaded parka, on display in the Infinity of Nations exhibit in New York.

Inuit parka, ca. 1895–1925. Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. Caribou skin, glass beads, navy and red stroud cloth, caribou teeth and metal pendants. 56.3 x 25.6". 13/7198.