The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) committed $120,000 to the National Museum of the American Indian’s new National Native American Veterans Memorial. The donation is part of the AGEM/GLI Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative, through which they collaborate to create a “lasting impact” inside the gaming industry and beyond.
The National Native American Veterans Memorial is part of the Smithsonian Museum collection. The museum celebrated its opening with a virtual program on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The event can be seen at AmericanIndian.si.edu.
Situated on the National Mall, which draws nearly 24 million visitors annually, the memorial will honor American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans and symbolize the country’s respect for Native Americans’ service and patriotism.
“We are proud to contribute to this important, poignant and lasting memorial that will be a permanent reminder on the National Mall of the commitment Native American veterans, their families and governments have made to the United States,” said James Maida, president and CEO of GLI. “Per capita, for decades, Native Americans have had the highest percentage of representation in the military, 1.7 percent of total troops both enlisted and officer, even though overall they represent only 1.4 percent of the total U.S. population — a source of great pride to Tribal members and governments.”
“The National Museum of the American Indian does tremendous work bringing awareness to the non-Native community about the history and contributions of Native Americans,” said AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater. “This memorial represents yet another important contribution. AGEM enthusiastically joins our philanthropic partner GLI and tribal gaming interests across the country in supporting this important new addition to the National Mall for all the world to experience when they visit Washington.”
The Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative is a multi-year effort aimed at identifying worthy causes that will utilize direct contributions to flourish over the long term and provide a variety of assistance to multiple beneficiaries.