Sakakawea Arrives

Posted October 15, 2003 at 5:15pm

North Dakota’s second contribution to the Statuary Hall collection will be unveiled today. [IMGCAP(1)]

The bronze sculpture depicts Sakakawea, an American Indian known for her service to the 1803-06 expedition led by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, and her son, Jean Baptiste.

The statue will be dedicated at a 2 p.m. ceremony in the Rotunda, featuring House and Senate leadership as well as Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall.

Visitors Center Moves Ahead. The House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday authorizing the construction of an underground visitors center “at or near” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

If constructed, the roughly $10 million center — to be funded through the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund — would facilitate self-guided tours for visitors and serve as a repository for remembrances of those veterans whose names are inscribed on the memorial.

Legislation authorizing an education center at or near the memorial received the Senate’s unanimous approval in July, but included a provision that would prohibit the construction of additional monuments on the National Mall. That amendment is not included in the House bill.

A spokesman for the House Resources Committee suggested the two bodies would now seek a compromise that would be ready for the president by Veterans Day.

— Jennifer Yachnin and Bree Hocking