“I think they’re very eager to return,” said Lonnie Vigil of Nambé Pueblo, “and so are we to have them back.”
It will take the institute months to reschedule postponed programs and exhibitions, but the organization has no way to recover the $3.4 million it lost in revenue.
The institute’s leader, David Skorton says that the lost revenues “are not recoverable” and “will have a lasting effect on our budget.”
The 13th secretary of the Smithsonian will leave the institution less than four years into his role, breaking his initial five-year agreement with the Smithsonian. He will go on to lead a healthcare nonprofit.
“Latino history is American history, and we have a responsibility to reflect the stories and experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. today,” said the Smithsonian Latino Center’s director.