‘Old paper,’ other examples of Native-U.S. treaties, on display

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General Andrew Jackson carried this sword and scabbard during the War of 1812.

General Andrew Jackson carried this sword and scabbard during the War of 1812. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON – The corridors of the National Museum of the American Indian echo with the voices of the past.

On the fourth floor of the museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, some of the most pained and victorious words are preserved in a new exhibit honoring the treaties between the United States and American Indian nations.

The 8,000-square-foot exhibit, which opened in conjunction with the museum’s 10th anniversary at its location on the National Mall, illuminates what are perhaps the most important moments in tribes’ relationships with the federal government.

It also serves as a reminder to Natives and non-Natives alike that treaties matter and that they rest at the heart of American history, said Kevin Gover, director of the museum.

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