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Biography of Kevin Gover

Kevin Gover is an author, educator, policy specialist, and an administrator in the public, private, and academic realms. Since 2007, Gover has served as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He has also been Professor of Law at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Tempe. Kevin Glover is a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

Gover received his J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981, and his A.B. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University in 1978.

After graduation, he clerked for United States District Judge Juan Burciaga. Gover then entered private practice and then started work with a large firm in Washington, DC. In 1986, Kevin Gover formed a firm in New Mexico with two other highly regarded tribal attorneys. The firm grew into one of the largest Indian-owned law firms in the country. In 1997, Kevin Gover was selected by President Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs under Interior Secretary and former Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt. He served as Assistant Secretary until January 2001. His service was notable for his work on upgrading Indian law enforcement, rebuilding decrepit Indian schools, reforming trust services and overhauling the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ management systems. Assistant Secretary Gover won wide praise for these reform efforts, but also for the apology he crafted on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the nation's Indian communities for the history of wrongs done to them. (Those remarks can be read in our online Library.)

Since 2007, Professor Gover has served as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He also serves as a Judge for the Tonto Apache Tribal Court of Appeals, and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Court of Appeals, as well as on the governing boards of several non-profit educational institutions.

Kevin Gover’s Writings Online
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These remarks from Kevin Gower, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs (1997-2001), were prepared for the ceremony acknowledging the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, on September 8, 2000. In the piece, Assistant Secretary Gover speaks on behalf of the Bureau and states that the many past "wrongs [done in the name of the Bureau] must be acknowledged if the healing is to begin." Gover enumerates the history of official persecution and makes what is perhaps the first unequivocal apology to the Indian nations for those actions.
Remarks from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Acknowledging Past Wrongswebsite of tahtonka.com, a reference resource for global cultureGover, Kevin American Indian, History
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Online Resources about Kevin Gover

See Prof. Kevin Gover's page on the website of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. It includes his cv, list of publications, biographical details, etc.
Kevin Gover was named Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2007. Read the press release with the announcement.
The New York Times interview with Kevin Glover was published soon after his appointment as Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.


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