Time: 7:30 p.m.
Kevin Gover is the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He began as director in December 2007.
Prior to his current position, Gover’s career included the co-founding of a small Native American-owned law firm that specialized in federal Indian law. Gover, Stetson, Williams & West, P.C. grew into the largest Indian-owned law firm in the country and represented tribes and tribal agencies in a dozen states.
Gover’s advocacy brought him to the attention of the Clinton White House, and in 1997, he was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior. He served in that capacity until January 2001. As the senior executive of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he won praise for his efforts to rebuild long-neglected Indian schools and expand tribal and BIA police forces throughout the country. His tenure as Assistant Secretary is perhaps best-known for his apology to Native American people for the historical conduct of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.