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Navajo Nation feels left out of NMAI festivities


Navajo Nation leader say their tribe has been ignored by the new National Museum of the American Indian.

The tribe, the largest in the country, wasn't invited to take part in the opening ceremonies, they say. "There was not even a place for our Navajo dignitaries to be seated," a council delegate was quoted as saying.

Museum staff says the tribe was contacted but there may have been a mixup in communication. One tribal leader says they were told they were told to sign up for the Native Nations Procession when they asked about participating.

As for the museum itself, there are little to no Navajo items on display.

Get the Story:
Navajos have busy schedule during NMAI opening in Washington (The Farmington Daily Times 9/27)
Miscommunication cited as source for confusion (The Farmington Daily Times 9/26)
Navajos feel left out at new D.C. museum (AP 9/25)

Relevant Links:
National Museum of the American Indian - http://www.nmai.si.edu

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