Smithsonian Director to Speak at TU Native American Law Conference

Monday, April 27, 2009

The director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming conference, "Exhibiting Culture: Museums and Indians," hosted by the TU College of Law. Gover’s speech is free and open to the public.

Date:      May 15, 2009
When:     6:30 p.m.
Where:    Auditorium, Gilcrease Museum
              1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road


The director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming conference, "Exhibiting Culture: Museums and Indians," hosted by the TU College of Law. Gover's speech is free and open to the public.

Gover’s lecture will highlight an all-day conference sponsored by the TU College of Law's Native American Law Center, which will explore the rights of museums and Native American tribes regarding historically significant artifacts and cultural property. The conference will be held at Gilcrease Museum. More information regarding the conference can be found at: www.law.utulsa.edu/nalcconference.

Gover is a former professor of law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe. He currently is affiliate professor for ASU’s American Indian Studies Program and co-executive director of the university’s American Indian Policy Institute. A native of Lawton, Okla., Gover is a member of the Pawnee and Comanche tribes. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Princeton University in 2001.

Gilcrease Museum is home to the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. Gilcrease is recognized as one of the country's premier facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. In 2008, the City of Tulsa and The University of Tulsa entered into a historic public-private partnership to manage the city-owned museum, providing unparalleled opportunities to preserve and advance the museum’s collection.

Contact:
Jimmy Hart
918-631-2568
jimmy-hart@utulsa.edu