Members of the Oneida Nation Council were recently in Washington, D.C. to make another $1 million installment to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Eight years ago, the nation pledged $10 million – to be given over 10 years. The nation’s exhibit at NMAI, “Allies in War, Partners in Peace,” is a bronze statue on the fourth floor of the museum and depicts the friendship forged during the Revolutionary War between the Oneida Indian Nation and the United States.
The 19-foot, 2,200-pound statue, designed by noted Utah-based sculptor Edward Hlavka, represents Oneida Chief Shenendoah and an Oneida woman, Polly Cooper, along with Gen. George Washington.
Pictured, from left, are Keller George, Wolf Clan representative; Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; Kevin Gover, NMAI director; Ray Halbritter, nation representative and CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises; Tim Johnson, associate director for museum programs, NMAI; Clint Hill, Turtle Clan representative; and Dale Rood, Turtle Clan representative.
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