National Museum of the American Indian Recognizes Native Nation Self-Determination With Inaugural Weekend Festivities

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian recognizes self-determination of Native Nations and the role they have played in shaping the culture and history of the United States through a weekend of festivities coinciding with the presidential inauguration.

Although the museum will be closed during its usual hours Friday, Jan. 20, the Native Nations Inaugural Ball will take place at the museum that evening. The ball will launch the campaign to build the National Native American Veterans Memorial; funds raised from the event are dedicated to its fulfillment. Headed by honorary co-chairs Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), the event will feature a buffet dinner of Native cuisine, music and dancing. The deadline for ticket purchase is Jan. 16. Support for the ball is provided by the Chickasaw Nation.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial will be built on the museum’s grounds, and it is scheduled to be completed by Veterans Day 2020. More information about the memorial is available on the museum’s website.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22, the museum will host “Out of Many: A Multicultural Celebration of Music and Dance.” The free event will feature Native performers from across the country and performances by local cultural groups. Presenters include Southern rock/soul group Dark Water Rising; classical, jazz and contemporary guitarist Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui); blues pianist Murray Porter (Mohawk); Mystic Warriors, a contemporary Andean music group based in Silver Spring, Md.; Hālau O ‘Aulani, a hula school based in Arlington, Va.; taiko drummer Mark H. Rooney; and more. Support for this festival is provided by the National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Note to editors: The museum will be closed Jan. 20 due to Inauguration events. For up-to-date information about the National Museum of the American Indian, visit Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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