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PUBLIC LAW 103-384—OCT. 22, 1994 108 STAT. 4067 Public Law 103-384 103d Congress An Act To provide for a National Native American Veterans' Memorial. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994". SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) Native Americans across the Nation—Indians, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians—^have a long, proud and distinguished tradition of service in the Armed Forces of the United States. (2) Native Americans have historically served in the Armed Forces of the United States in numbers which far exceed their representation in the population of the United States. (3) Native American veterans count among themselves a number of Medal of Honor recipients. Their numbers are also conspicuous in the ranks of those who have received other decorations for valor and distinguished service. (4) Native Americsms have lost their lives in the service of their Nation and in the cause of peace. (5) The National Museum of the American Indian was estabhshed as a Hving memorial to Native Americans. Its mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of Native American cultures, including girt, history, language, and the contributions Native Americans have made to our society. (6) The National Museum of the American Indian is an extraordinary site and an ideal location to estabhsh a National Native American Veterans' Memorial. (7) A National Native American Veterans' Memorial would further the purposes of the National Musetun of the American Indian by giving all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States. SEC. 3. AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH MEMORIAL. (a) IN GENERAL.— The National Museum of the American Indian (established by the National Museimi of the American Indian Act (20 U.S.C. SOq et seq.)), in close consultation with the National Congress of American Indians and other Native American groups, is authorized to construct and maintain a National Native American Oct. 22, 1994 [H.R. 2135] Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994. 20 USC 80q-5 note. 20 USC 80q-5 note. 20 USC 80q-5 note. 79-194 O—95 —19: QL 3 Part 5