The National Native American Hall of Fame will serve as a unique resource for identifying and honoring these contemporary pathmakers, new heroes and significant contributors to American society.
The major focus of the Hall of Fame will be from the Civil War period up until present day. This time frame was chosen because the Civil War was a milestone event in Native American history in a unique, and “modern” sense, because Natives fought on both sides of that national conflict. This phenomenon was happening at the same time that Geronimo and the Apaches, Quanah Parker and the Comanches and many Plains and western tribes were fighting against U.S. forces in the West.
The National Native American Hall of Fame will help people understand how Native Americans overcame the hopelessness of early reservations, and the trauma of Indian boarding schools, poverty, discrimination, racism and the cultural divide to not only adapt, but to achieve greatness in every field, profession and industry.