NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN'S

The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum operated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. It has three facilities: the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which opened on September 21, 2004, on Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in New York City; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Maryland.


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The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum operated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. It has three facilities: the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which opened on September 21, 2004, on Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest
the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in New York City
and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Following controversy over Native leaders' discovery that the Smithsonian Institution held more than 18,000 Indian remains, mostly in storage, the museum was established by an act of Congress in 1989, Public Law 101-185 - the National Museum of the American Indian Act, as "a living memorial to Native Americans and their traditions".The creation of the museum brought together the collections of the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, founded in 1922, and the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of the American Indian Act also required that human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony be considered for repatriation to tribal communities, as well as objects acquired illegally. Since 1989 the Smithsonian has repatriated over 5,000 individual remains - about 1/3 of the total estimated human remains in its collection.

Website:nmai.si.edu/

Phone:(202) 633-6644