New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lower Manhattan Today
Destinations marked in a red dot indicate those points of interest which have contemporary and historical relevance to Native American cultures.
1) Governors Island US Coast Guard Base
In the early 17th century, the island was a place of extensive trade between Native Americans and Dutch colonists for the much-coveted fur trade of the region.
2) Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
A sacred site to the Delaware people, this island became a central entry point for US immigrants from 1892-1954.
3) Castle Clinton National Memorial, Battery Park
In 1833, shortly after surrendering to the US, Sauk-Fox leader Black Hawk visited this former military outpost.
5) Alexander Hamilton US Customs House and Bowling Green Park, 1 Bowling Green
The National Museum of the US Indian in the US Customs House now occupies the original site of the Dutch-built Fort Amsterdam. One of the most popular myths about Manhattan is Peter Minuitís “purchase”
7) Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 54 Pearl Street
This memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, among them over 41,500 Native Americans.
10) Wall Street
In 1653, Dutch colonists built a great wooden wall to keep out the “northern Indians”. When the barrier was dismantled, the path left behind became known as Wall Street.
14) World Trade Center
The “twin towers”, tallest buildings in New York, were constructed with the help of native American steelworkers.
16) Brooklyn Bridge
Towering above a canoe route once used by native people, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the shortest distance between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
27) American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette Street
American Indian Community House Gallery, 708 Broadway, 2nd floor
Founded in 1978, American Indian Community House is the only American Indian-owned and operated-gallery in the greater New York area. The gallery exhibits contemporary fine art in all media by native Americans nationwide.
“It appears that the museum is on the road to fulfilling its potential and viable resource for education, training, and employment for the Native American community and most importantly as a vehicle for reinforcing out sense of pride
Rosemary Richmond (Mohawk)
American Indian Community House
Location. 40° 42.266′ N, 74° 0.813′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Whitehall Street near Bowling Green. Touch for map. The marker is one of several in a bank to the left of the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Place Of Many Names (here, next to this marker); Menatay, An Island Crossroads (here, next to this marker); From Menatay... (here, next to this marker); ...to Manhattan (here, next to this marker); Drawn To The City (here, next to this marker); The Marketplace (within shouting distance of this marker); “North America” sculpted by Daniel Chester French (within shouting distance of this marker); Places of Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The inlay has faded so much that the marker is very difficult to read.
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