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National Museum Of The American Indian

Sen. William H. Frist

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar No. 641, S.J. Res. 41.

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

The legislative clerk read as follows:

A joint resolution (S.J. Res. 41) commemorating the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian.

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the joint resolution, which had been reported from the Committee on Indian Affairs with an amendment to strike all after the resolving clause and the preamble and insert the part printed in italic:

[Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian Act (20 U.S.C. 808 et seq.) established within the Smithsonian Institution the National Museum of the American Indian, and authorized the construction of a facility to house the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in the District of Columbia; [Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian officially opens on September 21, 2004; and [Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the history and art of cultures indigenous to the Americas, and will give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the cultural legacy, historic grandeur, and contemporary culture of Native Americans: Now, therefore, be it] Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian Act (20 U.S.C. 808 et seq.) established within the Smithsonian Institution the National Museum of the American Indian and authorized the construction of a facility to house the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in the District of Columbia; Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian officially opens on September 21, 2004; and Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the history and art of cultures indigenous to the Americas, and will give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the cultural legacy, historic grandeur, and contemporary culture of Native Americans: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Congress-- (1) recognizes the important and unique contribution of Native Americans to the cultural legacy of the United States, both in the past and currently; (2) honors the cultural achievements of all Native Americans; (3) celebrates the official opening of the National Museum of the American Indian; and (4) requests the President to issue a proclamation encouraging all Americans to take advantage of the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian to learn about the history and culture of Native Americans.

Sen. William H. Frist

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the committee amendments be agreed to, the preamble, as amended, be agreed to, the joint resolution be read the third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, and any statements in relation to the joint resolution be printed in the Record.

Without objection, it is so ordered.

The committee amendments were agreed to.

The joint resolution (S.J. Res. 41), as amended, was read the third time and passed, as follows:

(The joint resolution will be printed in a future edition of the Record.)