20 U.S. Code § 80q - Findings
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FindingsThe Congress finds that—
there is no national museum devoted exclusively to the history and art of cultures indigenous to the Americas;
the Heye Museum is housed in facilities with a total area of 90,000 square feet, but requires a minimum of 400,000 square feet for exhibition, storage, and scholarly research;
(5) the bringing together of the Heye Museum collection and the Native American collection of the Smithsonian Institution would—
give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the cultural legacy, historic grandeur, and contemporary culture of Native Americans;
make available curatorial and other learning opportunities for Indians; and
through archaeological excavations, individual donations, and museum donations, the Smithsonian Institution has acquired approximately 14,000 additional Indian human remains;
identification of the origins of such human remains is essential to addressing that concern; and
an extraordinary site on the National Mall in the District of Columbia (U.S. Government Reservation No. 6) is reserved for the use of the Smithsonian Institution and is available for construction of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Short Title of 2013 Amendment
“This Act [amending provisions set out as a note under section 80q–5 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013’.”
Short Title of 1996 Amendment
“This Act [enacting section 80q–9a of this title and amending sections 80q–3, 80q–9, and 80q–10 of this title] may be cited as the ‘National Museum of the American Indian Act Amendments of 1996’.”
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