Hall of Tribal Nations
On September 8, 2000, the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs’ corridor in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s main Interior building in Washington, D.C., was dedicated as the “Hall of Tribal Nations” to honor the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes of the United States. Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Gover officiated at the dedication ceremony that included the unveiling of over 40 tribal flags on permanent display in the Hall, which has grown to well over 100. The event was held on the same day as the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ 175th anniversary celebration. In his remarks, Assistant Secretary Gover described the Hall as a way to remind Bureau employees and educate others in the Department about the government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes and the trust responsibility that the BIA has to the tribes. The flags call upon us to honor these commitments every day. The BIA encourages tribes to contribute their flags for the Hall. For more information on the Hall of Tribal Nations or on contributing a tribal flag, please contact the BIA’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-208-3710.