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Congress approves outdoor memorial to American Indian veterans

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Congress approved placing a statue to honor American Indian veterans outside on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Senate approved on Thursday, Dec. 20 the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2319). The House already passed the measure, which now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Under the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, the memorial had to go inside the National Museum of the American Indian. But space proved short. So the bill would allow the statue to go outside on the museum's grounds. For details on the legislation, see http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bdt1si:@@@D&summ2=m&|/home/LegislativeData.php|.

For background, see the stories linked to below.

The Senate approved the bill without amendment by unanimous consent, without even a roll call vote. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs didn't even look at it. The committee had sat on a companion bill since May that it never acted on.

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