The $600-million project would be on the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Supporters hope to highlight contributions of Spanish-speaking people to more than 500 years of American history — but not everyone's happy with the location. Reporting from Washington A federal commission has recommended construction of a museum on the National Mall honoring the history of American Latinos. The commission submitted a report to Congress and the White House on Thursday outlining the details of the proposed $600-million National Museum of the American Latino, which has been endorsed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. It would be part of the Smithsonian Institution, which already has a museum dedicated to American Indians and is planning another focusing on African Americans. "Part of America's story that has not been told completely — that has deep missing gaps — has been the story of the Latino contribution to this country,"Salazar said in an interview. Under the proposal, half of the $600 million for the American Latino museum would come from private fundraising, and the rest would be provided by Congress. The museum would highlight contributions of Spanish-speaking people to more than 500 years of American history. The report points out that the Spanish were the first Europeans to interact with Native Americans and that they founded St. Augustine, Fla., 42 years before Jamestown was established. Latinos explored the American West before Lewis and Clark and founded many U.S. cities. Its collections would also acknowledge the presence of Latinos in the military in addition to featuring Latino contributions to art, culture and society. Labor activist Cesar Chavez, Baseball Hall of Fame member Roberto Clemente and former Coca-Cola Chief Executive Roberto Goizueta would likely be featured. The most recent census data shows that Latinos, at 15.8% of the population, are the largest minority group in America. Read more: Commission recommends museum honoring U.S. Latinos - latimes.com ---------------------------------------------------------- Is this a fuckin' joke? What the hell did Latinos contribute to the building of the United States? I keep forgetting that because of their endangered species status, one good Latino equal one million of another race. LA RAZA's propaganda attack on the American people keeps rollin' along while the truth is covered up by politicians looking for foreign votes.