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Mission

American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc. (AIVMI) is an organization whose mission is to advocate for a clearer understanding of the participation of American Indian, Alaska Native,  and Pacific Islander veterans in wartime.

Key Tasks

AIVMI is working in collaboration with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to build an American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit at the Education Center at the Wall (vvmf.org) near the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC to honor our country’s “First American Veterans” (HFAV). The American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit will highlight the bravery, contributions, and sacrifices of the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander veterans during their service in the military.

AIVMI is establishing a clearinghouse to disseminate and catalog information about American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander veterans. For example, in Vietnam, American Indians had the highest per capita participation of any other minority group, and highest number of casualties, but they are not recognized at the Vietnam Wall as are three other groups.  The “Three Servicemen Statue” at the Vietnam Wall was dedicated in 1984, and represents a “Caucasian, Afro-American, and Hispanic” soldier; however, nowhere is there mention of any American Indian/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander soldiers.

Education Center at the Wall

The Education Center at the Wall will give context to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by placing those who served in Vietnam within the long tradition of American Military Service.  Across the street from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, the Education Center will be a technologically innovative space where visitors will come face to face with those who gave their live in service to this country.  In 2003, Congress authorized the construction of the Education Center on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  To keep the building from overshadowing the Vietnam Wall or other nearby memorials, it will be built underground.

   Education Center Exterior View  Education site Education Center

 

The site of the proposed education center was approved jointly by the National Park Service, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission in 2006.  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is raising $100 million to build the Center. More than $18 million has been raised so far, including a $10 million lead gift from Time Warner.

While still in the planning stages, exhibits will include a wall of photographs of those whose names are on The Wall, a selection of the over 200,000 items that have been left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a timeline of key military events in the Vietnam War, and information about the history of the Memorial.  The Center will also illustrate America’s legacy of service by showing images of those who served in all of the nation’s conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.

 

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American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc.

Seminole Hollywood Reservation

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 Tel: 954-415-2999  Website: www.aivmi.org

 

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