Americans have been taught a shallow and simple narrative of the history of Native Americans and the history of our country. Shallow narratives allow us to feel good about our history as a nation, but they can cause our approach to contemporary issues to be uninformed and even misinformed. Kevin Gove discusses fearlessly embracing the larger, messier, more complex truths of our history. MetroJacksonville is very proud to be a media sponsor of TEDxJacksonville. This great video of Kevin Gover's talk "(Re)Making History: The Real Story Is Bigger and Better" is from TEDxJacksonville 2015!
Kevin Gover is the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Gover began as director in December 2007. Gover returned to New Mexico in 1986, where he established Gover, Stetson, Williams & West, P.C., which grew into the largest Indian-owned law firm in the country and represented tribes and tribal agencies in a dozen states. His advocacy brought him to the attention of the Clinton White House, and in 1997, Gover was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior. His tenure as Assistant Secretary is perhaps best-known for his apology to Native American people for the historical conduct of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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