WASHINGTON — Oklahoman Harvey Pratt is seeing his art on the National Mall for the first time. Pratt is a member of the Cheyanne and Arapaho tribes. He also served in Vietnam as a member of the military.

“He really brought his experience as a native person who has grown up in this tradition of service to this memorial. He’s really created a place for gathering and for remembrance,” said Rebecca Trautmann, the curator of the memorial.

Reporter Julia Benbrook details the symbolism that Pratt used throughout the design. This piece was produced for the Oklahoma News Report on OETA.

Watch the video report here:

The Making of the Native American Veterans Memorial from Medill Washington on Vimeo.