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Opinion
Editorial: Indian museum needed in the West too


"Native Americans have waited a long time to see a museum dedicated to their culture, so it's great to see members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe attend the opening of the new Smithsonian facility in Washington, D.C., and meet indigenous people from across the U.S. and beyond.

The National Museum of the American Indian opened Sept. 21 and the occasion was celebrated by thousands of American Indians who, in Native dress and regalia, marched down the National Mall to the museum. About 600,000 visitors from around the world were expected to attend the six-day festival to coincide with the grand opening.

We'd like to see a similar museum in rural Nevada dedicated exclusively to Native American culture in the Great Basin. Indigenous people here, whether they be Shoshone or Paiute, have their own unique stories to tell. A museum or visitor center could be a major attraction and one that is sought out by the growing number of culturally-curious visitors eager to learn about and experience the American West."

Get the Story:
Show off American Indian culture (The Lahontan Valley News 9/29)

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

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