Agency history, 1990-

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  • West, W. Richard
  • Gover, Kevin 1955-
  • Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation


Agency History


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  • Pub. L. 101-185, Sec. 6, 103 Stat. 1339.) Nov. 28, 1989
  • In 1989 the U. S. Congress established the National Museum of the American Indian, including, but not limited to, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Under the terms of the legislation the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution was empowered to appoint a Director who, subject to the policies of the Board of Trustees of the Musuem, shall manage the National Museum of the American Indian. In 1990 W. Richard West was appointed Director, serving 1990-2007. In December 2007, Kevin Gover began serving as Director.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1990
  • 1990-


  • Historians
  • Museums
  • Indians of North America--Museums


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00400

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