Native Leader Statues at US Capitol

Guide to Indigenous DC

Native Leader Statues at US Capitol

Washington, Fort Lesley J. McNair, District of Columbia 20001, United States

Created By: Dr. Elizabeth Rule - The Guide To Indigenous Lands Project


A number of Native American senators and representatives have served in the United States Congress. The United States Capitol Building also contains dozens of paintings, sculptures, and murals featuring various scenes of Indian history. Among the most notable of these are the statues of Native American historical leaders in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Visitors can see the majority of these statues on display in Emancipation Hall, with others located in the National Statuary Hall and on the second floor of the House connecting corridor.

The statues in Emancipation Hall include:

King Kamehameha I, founder and ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Po'pay, leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt against Spanish colonial rule

Sakakawea, the Shoshone leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition

Chief Washake, Shoshone statesman, warrior, and negotiator of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1851

Sarah Winnemucca, the Paiute spokesperson, author, and interpreter

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