Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ex-BIA Chief to Head National Museum of the American Indian

Kevin Gover, the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been chosed to become the next director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Musuem of the American Indian (NMAI).

The Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation each pledged $10 million to the Smithsonian´s NMAI. The Mashantuckets pledged $1 million per year for ten years in 1994 while the Mohegans said in 2001 that they would spread their donation over twenty years.

Gover will replace the NMAI's first director, W. Richard West, who served for 17 years.

Gover is a member of the Pawnee tribe and a former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) during the Clinton administration. As BIA chief, Gover issued a favorable preliminary determination in the Eastern Pequot federal-recognition bid, which was later overturned by the Bush administration.