National Native American Veterans Memorial

Washington, DC

A Dramatic New Memorial Honors Native American Veterans

Set on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the National Native American Veterans Memorial honors the military service of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native veterans. The memorial, entitled Warriors’ Circle of Honor, was designed by artist Harvey Pratt of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. The design features a stainless-steel circle balanced on a carved stone drum, with a water feature for sacred ceremonies, a fire element, lighting, audiovisual systems, and benches.

Mueller’s services for this acclaimed project, set prominently along the National Mall, included the design of electric supply; water and stormwater utilities; power connections, grounding, and raceways for the IT systems; plumbing piping and backflow prevention; power for equipment and water feature systems; and lighting controls.

Architect

Quinn Evans

Client History

2024: National Air and Space Museum Revitalization; Quinn Evans
2022: Molina Family Latino Gallery, National Museum of American History; Quinn Evans
2020: National Native American Veterans Memorial; Quinn Evans
2019: National Air and Space Museum Dulles Collections Center; Ayers Saint Gross
2018: Conservation Pavilion, National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute; Quinn Evans
2016: Hirshhorn Conservation Laboratory; Quinn Evans
2014: Paleobiology Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History; Quinn Evans
2014: National Air and Space Museum Exterior Envelope and HVAC Replacement Study; Quinn Evans
2014: Freer Gallery of Art Auditorium Renovation; Quinn Evans
2013: National Postal Museum William H. Gross Stamp Gallery; Quinn Evans
2010: National Air and Space Museum Electrical Systems Replacement; Quinn Evans
2008: National Museum of Natural History Sant Ocean Hall; Quinn Evans
2004: Osteoprep Lab Building Ventilation Study & Repairs; Quinn Evans
2002: Sackler Gallery Mezzanine; GWWO Architects
1987: National Air and Space Museum Third-Floor Renovation; JMT Architecture
1987: Castle Building North Tower Expansion; JMT Architecture
1987: Renwick Gallery - HVAC Analysis; JMT Architecture
1986: Paul E. Garber Facility Preservation, Restoration & Storage Facility; JMT Architecture
1986: National Museum of American History Engines of Change Exhibit; JMT Architecture
1985: Arts & Industries Building Master Plan
1984: American Art Museum Lincoln Gallery
1980: Cooper-Hewitt Museum Environmental Controls & Electrical Systems Upgrades
1978: National Portrait Gallery HVAC Renovations

“Harvey Pratt’s Long Red Path”

The American Legion Magazine

“The National Native American Veterans Memorial Opens on the National Mall”

IAMFA’s Papyrus magazine

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  • We wish for this to be a sacred place, not just for Native Americans, but for all Americans.

    Kevin Gover
    Director, National Museum of the American Indian
  • The more you sit in this place, the more it seems like a promise, analogous to the survival and persistence of Native American culture through centuries of betrayal, theft, and displacement. This new memorial is in harmony with that hope…

    Philip Kennicott
    The Washington Post
  • We wish for this to be a sacred place, not just for Native Americans, but for all Americans.

    Kevin Gover
    Director, National Museum of the American Indian
  • The more you sit in this place, the more it seems like a promise, analogous to the survival and persistence of Native American culture through centuries of betrayal, theft, and displacement. This new memorial is in harmony with that hope…

    Philip Kennicott
    The Washington Post