National Museum Honors American Indian History
What's new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history.
Through Their Eyes
A one-of-a-kind museum tells history from American Indians' perspectives.
By Diane Haddad

Some 20,000 North and South American Indians, many in traditional dress, paraded along the National Mall Sept. 21, 2005, to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) <> in Washington, DC.

NMAI offers a unique view of history: Staff at the $219 million museum say it's the first dedicated exclusively to American Indians that presents the past from Indians' own perspective. People with American Indian ancestors will find the insight into their world particularly valuable.