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Oneida Indian Nation of New York donates $10 million to NMAI

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) took another big step towards completion on April 12. The Oneida Indian Nation of New York and NMAI made a joint announcement that the Oneida Nation council had approved a $10 million donation to the new museum to assist in its construction and on the National Mall and to support progamming.

A signing ceremony was held in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Room in the Russell Senate Office Building. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who helped sponsor the legislation founding the new museum, hosted the ceremony.

'The Oneida Indian Nation is very pleased to share in its success to help complete the construction of this museum where the contemporary and historical stories of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere will be told through the Native voice,' said Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter.

NMAI director W. Richard West, in recognition of the donation, presented Halbritter with a Pendelton Indian blanket, a traditional Native honoring custom.