Ground will be broken this morning for the National Museum of the American Indian in a colorful ceremony on the Mall.
Situated between the Capitol and the National Air and Space Museum, the Indian museum is scheduled to open in late 2002. The site, at Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW, is the last for a museum on the Mall.
The museum will celebrate native peoples of the Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic to Peru. Inaugural exhibits are titled "Our Universes," "Our Peoples" and "Our Lives."
Highlights of the museum's 800,000-piece collection include Geronimo's hat, Chief Joseph's rifle case and Sitting Bull's drum.
"Completing the …