Of The National Museum Of The American Indian To Speak Nov. 29 At
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Richard West, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the
American Indian (NMAI), will speak at the University of Virginia
on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 147.
West, a member of the Cheyenne and
Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, will discuss "Native America in the
21st Century: Out of the Mists and Beyond Myth." Sponsored
by the Native American Student Union, the talk is in observance
of national Native American Indian month.
At the Smithsonian, West is responsible
for guiding the opening of three facilities that will comprise the
National Museum of the American Indian.
West has devoted his life to working
with American Indians on cultural, educational, legal and governmental
issues. Before becoming founding director of NMAI in 1990, he served
as general counsel and special counsel to numerous Indian tribes
and organizations, where he represented clients before federal,
state and tribal courts, Congress, and various government units.
A native of Muskogee, Okla., West
earned a bachelor degree from the University of Redlands in California,
a master's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from
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