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Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

It's a mystery to some why there are memorials in Washington honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic. But a statue or a monument built here on federal land is typically the result of a passionate interest group raising money and lobbying for a sponsor in Congress. Some feel the nation's capital would benefit from a more coherent approach, while others see a reflection of our nation's patchwork identity. We explore the lesser-known memorials in Washington.

Photos: Obscure Memorials

Away from the National Mall, many little-known memorials, statues and monuments adorn the city's landscape.


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Once impoverished, California's Yocha Dehe tribe found success with a casino complex. Now the tribe is using its newfound wealth to grow, bottle and sell premium olive oil.

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

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