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Thinking about the Indian Removal Act, at the National Archives Museum and National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian
The Indian Removal Act appears in two major exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian—"Nation to Nation" and the upcoming "Americans." Writer Dennis Zotigh considers the museum's perspectives on the act after seeing the original document at the National Archives.

Becoming a Conservator: An Interview with Marian A. Kaminitz, Head of Conservation at the National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian
How does someone decide on a career in museum conservation? The answer includes pursuing academic and hands-on educational opportunities, and recognizing what you love to do.

Postcard of the National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Artwork on the postcard done by Elizabeth Day.

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) was created on November 18, 1989, when President George H.W. Bush signed an act allowing the transfer of the Museum of the American Indian into the Smithsonian to create NMAI.

Color postcard advertising on Friday, July 21, 2000, in Denver Colorado, of a one-day exhibition from the National Museum of the American Indian called "Return to a Native Place: Creating the National Museum of the American Indian." The front of the postcard is a watercolor rendering of a model of the National Museum of the American Indian. The postcard is unused, but the message side has printed information about the exhibit.

National Museum of the American Indian Excavation

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Excavation site for the new National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall south of the National Air and Space Museum, seen from the west, with the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Botanic Garden visible behind it.

Curatorial Residency at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, or New York, NY—applications due April 15, 2014

National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian seeks applications for an 18-month paid residency for entry-level Native American museum professionals or those early in established careers. Applications are due by April 15, 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to begin in June 2014.

National Museum of the American Indian

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
In this exhibition, representatives from 11 Native communities along the North Pacific Coast share their perspectives on more than 400 ceremonial and everyday objects found in the National Museum of the American Indian that connect them to their lands, customs, and ancestors. Image galleries are organized by community, with each community discussing specific themes found in the objects presented.

National Museum of the American Indian, 2004

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
SIA2010-0489 is a color derivative of the original born digital image and SIA2010-0490 is a black and white derivative of the original born digital image. This image was included in the September 2004 issue of the TORCH.

The National Museum of the American Indian opened on September 21, 2004. The museum was the first dedicated to American Indian culture and heritage on the National Mall. The building, designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, is five stories, with 250,000 square feet, and is located between the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol.

National Museum of the American Indian Staff, New York City

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in Torch, October 1990.

Museum of the American Indian staff (and some colleagues from the Huntington Library) gathered in July for this group photo in New York City. The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, located at that time at 155th Street and Broadway, became part of the Smithsonian Institution in the summer of 1990.

The collection, which became part of the Smithsonian in June 1990, was assembled by George Gustav Heye (1874-1957) during a 54-year period, beginning in 1903. He traveled throughout North and South America collecting Native objects. Heye used his collection to found New York's Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation and directed it until his death in 1957. The Heye Foundation's Museum of the American Indian opened to the public in New York City in 1922. The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, was relocated in 1994 to the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House.

National Museum of the American Indian Bookshop

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Bookshop for the National Museum of the American Indian. Includes children's books (many based on exhibits past or present), NMAI editions, CDs, and DVDs.

American Indian beliefs about the eclipse

National Museum of the American Indian
The museum asked people, “Does your tribe have any beliefs or protocols concerning the eclipse?” Here are some of the replies.

Meet Native America: Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation, President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Area Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians

National Museum of the American Indian
The museum's interview series Meet Native America invites tribal leaders to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. This week, meet Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian Nation, president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and area vice president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Do American Indians celebrate the 4th of July?

National Museum of the American Indian
History explains why Native nations first began to hold ceremonies and gatherings on the 4th of July. Here, American Indians share their personal thoughts on the day and how their families observe it.

Do American Indians celebrate the 4th of July?

National Museum of the American Indian
A little history explains how many Native nations and tribes came to celebrate Independence Day. Contemporary American Indians share their personal thoughts on the holiday and how they observe it.

The Museum's Artist Leadership Program Launches a New Collaboration with the Institute of American Indian Arts

National Museum of the American Indian
A new collaboration extends the NMAI Artist Leadership Program to university students at the Institute of American Indian Arts. The first participants—Charles Rencountre (Lakota) and Melissa Shaginoff (Ahtna Athabascan)—share their experiences doing object-based research at the museum.

National Museum of the American Indian Trustees

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in the "Torch," March 1990

Members of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian, seated from left:: Barber B. Conable Jr., Julie Johnson Kidd, Curt Muser, Helen Sheirbeck, Jennie Joe; standing, from left:: Arturo Warman, Janine Pease-Windy Boy, Alvin Josephy, Jr., Waldemar Nielsen, Robert Buffalohead, Fred Hoxie, Rosita Worl, Ernest Boyer, David Hurst Thomas, Norbert Hill, and Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams. They are in the Secretary's Parlor, Smithsonian Institution Building.

Meet Native America: Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and President of the National Congress of American Indians

National Museum of the American Indian
In Meet Native America, the museum invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. This week, meet Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and president of the National Congress of American Indians.

National Museum of the American Indian Family Guide

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Family guide identifying seven stops in the museum of particular interest to families, organized by floor. The guide includes ideas for looking, thinking, and discussing while in the museum, as well as a few activities to do at home.

The Artist Leadership Program and the Institute for American Indian Arts, 2015

National Museum of the American Indian
Tania Larsson (left) and Lee Palma at the museum's Cultural Resources Center. The Artist Leadership Program (ALP) of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks to inspire new generations of artists; to mentor young people through pride in...

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board: Mukluks

National Museum of the American Indian
In 2000, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) transferred its Headquarters Collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. A series by a research fellow at the museum highlights objects from that collection.

The Indian Arts & Crafts Board: Otellie Loloma

National Museum of the American Indian
In 2000, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) transferred its Headquarters Collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. A series by a research fellow at the museum highlights objects from that collection.

National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Stories

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Teacher self-guide: Stories is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning in the museum. Targets grades 4-6.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board: The Pomo Indian Women's Club

National Museum of the American Indian
In 2000, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) transferred its Headquarters Collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. A series by a research fellow at the museum highlights objects from that collection.

National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Community

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Teacher self-guide: Community is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning. Targets grades 6-8.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board: The Shungnak Jade Project

National Museum of the American Indian
In 2000, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) transferred its Headquarters Collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. A series by a research fellow at the museum highlights objects from that collection.
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