Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations

September 21, 2014 – January 25, 2025
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Thomas Jefferson peace medal (dated 1801) owned by Powder Face (Northern Inunaina/Arapaho). Oklahoma. Bronze copper alloy, hide, porcupine quills, feathers, dye, metal cones. Photo by Walter Larrimore, NMAI.

National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. & Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

4th Level

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From a young age, most Americans learn about the Founding Fathers, but are told very little about equally important and influential Native diplomats and leaders of Indian nations. Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian nations and the United States and this exhibition tells the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.—American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present.

Related book: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations