In 2004 the Oneida pledged $10 million to the Smithsonian museum and Wednesday contributed theirt seventh installment at a ceremony with museum director Kevin Gover.
“Even during difficult economic times, we understand that preserving our history and teaching future generations about our past remains our most solemn responsibility,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises.
At the museum is a statue “Allies in War, Partners in Peace” that represents the alliance between the Oneida and the United States that started in the Revolutionary War. It depicts Oneida Chief Shenendoah and an Oneida woman, Polly Cooper, along with George Washington.
The museum Wednesday gave the Oneida representatives a vintage photograph of an Oneida girl holding flowers.