Part 1 includes the Introduction, Welcome, and Opening Remarks by Smithsonian luminaries, Jose Barreiro, Kevin Gover, and Wayne Clough.
Symposium Moderator, José Barreiro (Taíno), Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, introduces the symposium. Dr. Barreiro, one of the leading scholars of American Indian policy and the contemporary Native experience, is a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing. He helped establish the American Indian Program at Cornell University, serving as associate director and editor-in-chief of Akwe:kon Press and the journal Native Americas throughout the 1980s and ’90s. At Akwe:kon, he worked to develop communications networks among the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. In 2002, he left Cornell to join the staff of Indian Country Today as Senior Editor. He continues to serve as a member of the editorial boards of Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology and of Indian Country Today Media Network.
Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, welcomes the symposium attendees. A former professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, affiliate professor in the university’s American Indian Studies Program, and co-executive director of its American Indian Policy Institute, Gover received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the university faculty, Gover served as assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. A presidential appointee, he was responsible for policy and operational oversight of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he oversaw programs in Indian education, law enforcement, social services, treaty rights, and trust asset management. Gover also practiced law for more than 15 years in Albuquerque and Washington. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Princeton in 2001.
Giving the symposium opening remarks is Dr. Wayne Clough, the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Since becoming Secretary in July 2008, Clough has taken the Smithsonian in new directions. A comprehensive strategic plan—the first of its kind for the Smithsonian—creates a new framework for goals, enterprises and operations. The Smithsonian now focuses on four grand challenges—Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, Valuing World Cultures, and Understanding the American Experience. Since Clough became Secretary, more than 300 exhibitions have opened across the Smithsonian. He has overseen the opening of major permanent exhibitions, including the Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History; the Hall of Human Origins at the National Museum of Natural History; and the new wing at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Previously, Clough was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Clough was a member of the faculty at Duke University, Stanford University and Virginia Tech.
This symposium was webcast on November 14, 2013 from the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.