The National Museum of the American Indian invites entries to the design competition for the National Native American Veterans Memorial—the first to recognize the exceptional military service of Native Americans. These servicemen and women are some of the most honored members of their tribes and communities. Across the nation, Native Americans who protect our country and our way of life are recognized publicly as the greatest patriots of all.
Despite this enduring and distinguished legacy spanning two and a half centuries of American history, no national memorial yet exists—Native veterans and those serving today remain unrecognized by any landmark.
The National Native American Veterans Memorial Design Competition is sponsored by the NMAI. The purpose of the competition is to select a design concept for a new memorial that will be located on the NMAI’s grounds and honor Native American veterans. Taking up the charge given by Congress, the NMAI will establish a National Native American Veterans Memorial to “give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States.” This tribute to Native heroes will be located prominently on the grounds of the NMAI on the National Mall, between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
NOVEMBER 11, 2017 Registration Opens
JANUARY 9, 2018 Stage I Entries Due
JANUARY 25, 2018 Announcement of Stage II Participants
MAY 1, 2018 Stage II Design Concept Submittals Due
JULY 4, 2018 Announcement of Selected Design Concept
NOVEMBER 11, 2020 Veterans Day Dedication of Memorial