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Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit on Native American Veterans Opens at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Exhibit: Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces

Dates: May 25-Sept. 3, 2018

Opening Reception: May 25, 6-8 p.m.

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia

Cost: Free

Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The exhibit “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces,” exploring the stories of Native men and women in the military throughout history, will open at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post on Friday, May 25.

Created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, this banner exhibit shares how Native people have fought in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in the Middle East. It also includes additional banners developed by MNHS about Native people’s military involvement in Minnesota and the surrounding area.

A public reception will open the exhibit on Friday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. As part of the program, AMVETS Post 53's Color Guard will honor veterans newly inducted to the honor wall in the museum.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through September 3.

"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The museum will also remember and honor Native veterans past and present at the annual Memorial Day Powwow noon-5 p.m. on Monday, May 28. This event is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band and AMVETS Post 53 & Ladies Auxiliary.

 

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