National Native Americans Veterans Memorial


Sponsor: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
Type: National, open, two-stage
Fee: None
Language: English
9 January 2018 – Stage 1 submission deadline (3pm EST)
25 January 2018 – Announcement of Stage II Participants
1 May 2018 – State II Design Concept Submittals due
20 November 2020 – Veterans day Dedication of Memorial
• Larry Ulaaq Ahvakana (Inupiaq), artist, Ahvakana Fine Art
• Stephanie Birdwell (Cherokee), director, Veterans Affairs, Office of Tribal Government Relations
• Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director emerita, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art
• Edwin Fountain, general counsel, American Battle Monuments Commission
• Mark Kawika McKeague (Native Hawaiian), director of cultural planning, Group 70 International Inc.
• Brian McCormack (Nez Perce), principal landscape architect, McCormack Landscape Architecture
• Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Yakima/Warm Springs), artist
• Herman Viola, curator emeritus, Smithsonian
• Kevin Gover (Pawnee), alternate juror, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Design Challenge:
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.
Competition website:

Note: One wonders why Douglas Cardinal, the most well-known Native American architect in North America, and the architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, was not included as a juror. –Ed