SAND CREEK MASSACRE: 150 Year Remembrance Symposium is jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Museum of the American Indian. This one day symposium commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Sand Creek Massacre - a tragedy that occurred on November 29,1864. On November 7, 2000, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site so that the impacts of this pivotal episode in America's history may be understood and never forgotten. Now, 150 years later, with the massacre site preserved in perpetuity and a healing process beginning, it is essential to honor those killed at Sand Creek, pay respects to their descendants, and assist in fulfilling Congress' mandate to help prevent such an atrocity from ever occurring again. The goal of the symposium is to contribute to an understanding of the causes and consequences of the massacre, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people who carry the legacy of Sand Creek with them today, and the role of memorialization in the healing process. The symposium consists of three panels of Sand Creek Massacre scholars, including Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants. The significant role of the Civil War in the conditions leading to the massacre has been under-recognized in both Civil War and Sand Creek Massacre related literature, yet, the massacre site has been identified by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission as the only Civil War battlefield site in Colorado.
This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition. Distinguished scholars, authors, and governmental leaders will speak about the past, present, and future of treaties between the U.S. and Native Nations. They discuss treaties that rest at the heart of American history and that have had an incalculable effect on lands, cultures, and populations of the Native Nations and of the U.S.
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal heritage and history with performances, including dancing, traditional flute music, singing, storytelling and more. The NAMMY award-winning contemporary Native American music band, Injunuity, gives some performances as well. The festival took place on August 15-16 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
The 5th annual Living Earth Festival is the museum's celebration of sustainable living. The festival features live music and dance performances by the Southern Ute Bear Dancers and the Pokagon Drum and Dance Troupe. The festival also includes an exclusive concert with blues father-and-son duo Twice as Good with opening act, Missy Knott.
Across the globe, leaders and innovators are creating sustainable societies that include both environmental and economic success. "Energy for Change: Green Leaders Building a Sustainable Future" provides an expert, inspiring look at new projects that are helping to build a clean economy and promote local job creation, energy savings, and greater self-reliance in indigenous communities around the globe.
In Segment 1, Chairwoman Aletha Tom of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, who successfully worked to move from “Coal to Clean Energy,” speaks about the replacement of the coal-fired plant that was harmful to her community with the first industrial-scale solar energy project in Indian Country—the 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project that will provide clean, solar energy to the City of Los Angeles. Segment 2 features Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River discussing the Six Nations joint venture with Samsung on Grand Renewable Energy Park, which will generate enough clean energy to power 60,000 homes and create jobs for Six Nations and the province of Ontario, Canada. In segment 3, Rebecca Moore, founder of Google Earth Outreach and Google Earth Engine, will describe how nonprofits, communities, and indigenous peoples around the world are using Google Earth on pressing environmental and social issues. Tim Johnson, NMAI Associate Director for Museum Programs and Executive Committee member of the Smithsonian’s Living in the Anthropocene Initiative, moderates the program.
Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies was a day-long event presented at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2013. One of civilization's most impressive engineering achievements, the Inka Road (or Qhapaq Ñan) traversed the Inka Empire, which encompassed large territories of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The symposium, moderated by José Barreiro, explores new theories and discoveries about the construction of the Inka Road and how these ancient techniques can be applied by modern engineers and city planners. Insightful presentations by noted international engineers and scholars illuminate the planning, building, and sustainability of the magnificent Inka roads that five hundred years ago integrated the rugged, mountainous world of the Andes. Cosponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center, this symposium was supported with internal Smithsonian funds from the Consortium for World Cultures.