Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Native Americans Who Never Left Capitol Hill

Posted on April 12th, 2018

An Overbeck Lecture on Monday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at HillCenter, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Capitol Hill’s Historic Congressional Cemetery (HCC) is home to two notable types of temporary visitors who became permanent residents of Washington: members of Congress who died during office and Native Americans who died negotiating treaties or lobbying the government. Although far from their homeland, figures such as Pushmataha and Peter Pitchlynn (both Choctaw) and almost three dozen other emissaries have been welcomed – in death – into the Capitol Hill community. During this illustrated lecture, William diGiacomantonio will discuss the multi-layered significance of this relationship: from the national arena (diplomatic relations), to the community (the funeral ceremonies that marked Indian interments on the Hill), down to the personal and intimate patches of real estate where these individuals remain our permanent neighbors.

William (Chuck) diGiacomantonio, who first studied early Federal-Indian relations while researching the Creek Treaty of 1790 for The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, is currently Chief Historian of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and a long-time member of HCC’s K-9 Corps.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. However, organizers suggest that all guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 p.m.  As always, admission is free and handicapped accessible but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To register, go to or call 202-549-4172.

Overbeck lectures are supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.