The National Museum of the American Indian: Negatives and Positives of US and American Indian Relations

India Evans

By India Evans

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. has a new exhibit called “Nation to Nation” showing how Native Americans and the United States have had a long-running positive and negative relationship. In the exhibit, there is a game asking people to match different scenarios, such as sharing food and prayers, with either group. 

Most of the scenarios demonstrated that stereotypes of the two groups are often false.

“American Indians have stereotypes put on them that are not true,” according to Mandy Van Heuvelen, a cultural expert at the museum. “We try to teach people that not all American Indians are the same,” she said, adding that media portrayals of American Indians help foster stereotypes.