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Director Of The National Museum Of The American Indian To Speak Nov. 29 At U.Va.

November 13, 2000 -- W. 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 Stanford University.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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