By Matt Powers
The OIN made a $10 million pledge in 2004 and has given $7 million since that time. The money goes into general funds for the museum.
“Even during difficult economic times, we understand that preserving our history and teaching future generations about our past remains our most solemn responsibility,” said Halbritter.
Gover said the museum would not exist without the generosity of people across the country.
By Alaina Potrikus
“We can use it to tell a different story—a new, more complete story than has been told to the American people in the past,” he said.
“That ignorance and misunderstanding almost always works to the disadvantage of Indian tribes,” Gover continued. “Resolving that by filling out the narrative is a service we can provide to the Indian people.”
The museum’s fourth floor, which was named for the Oneida Nation’s donation, is home to a 19-foot bronze sculpture depicting an Oneida leader and an Oneida woman, Polly Cooper, along with George Washington is titled “Allies in War, Partners in Peace.”