Statement by Chairman Miranda on the Opening of National Museum of the American Indian

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Statement by Chairman Miranda on the Opening of National Museum of the American Indian

September 21, 2004

“Today’s opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian is a historic moment for the more than 4 million American Indians in this country. From this day forward, all Americans can learn and share in the history of this nation’s many Indian tribes. The 8,000 artifacts on display, dozens of exhibits and hundreds of thousands of artifacts housed there for study are a testament to the broad contributions of Indian people. Representatives from many of California’s 107 tribes are at today’s opening ceremonies and they take great pride that our tribal stories are told within this museum. Tribes have worked long and hard to help this museum come to fruition and we hope that all Americans who come to our nation’s capital will make the time to include a visit to this one-of-a-kind place.”

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