WASHINGTON, D.C. - North Dakota will honor Sacagawea today.
A statue of Lewis and Clark's guide was being unveiled today in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
The House Committee on Resources Chairman Richard W. Pombo, R-Calif., will join Tex Hall, chairman of the Three-Affiliated Tribes and president of the National Congress of American Indians, and House and Senate leadership to dedicate the 11-foot bronze sculpture.
She is the first Native American woman in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection.
"The statues found in the Capitol Rotunda represent those Americans who have played an invaluable role in shaping our national culture and way of life," said Pombo. "Sacagawea is a perfect addition to the collection as she embodies courage, perseverance, and the American spirit. I am thrilled that this statue will permanently acknowledge her contribution."
Each state may nominate two historical figures to be memorialized in bronze and showcased in the Rotunda. The statue is the second selected by North Dakota leaders.