Created By: Dr. Elizabeth Rule - The Guide To Indigenous Lands Project
Located amidst foreign embassies and diplomatic headquarters, the National Congress of Americans opened the Embassy of Tribal Nations on November 3, 2009. The purpose of this embassy is to raise awareness of sovereign tribal nations, establish a presence of tribal governments near Embassy Row, and providing a meeting and gathering space for those tribal bodies and their partners. The establishment of the embassy has been a project in the making for nearly 30 years.
The facilities include 17,000 square-feet of office space, workstations for tribal leaders visiting DC, and numerous art features throughout the space. Opening day brought 70 tribal leaders and hundreds of members of the public to share in traditional foods, enjoy powwow dance, and offer a ceremonial blessing.
“It’s a new time, it’s a new era,” said Ernie Stevens Jr. (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, "We call this Indian country in Washington, D.C. – right here, right now. I think it’s going to make a difference. This is our home.”
This point of interest is part of the tour: Guide to Indigenous DC