The Harvard University Native American Program in conjunction with the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology will host a visit and public talk by Kevin Gover (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma), director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Gover is a former professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He also served as the assistant secretary for Indian affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. During his years as a practicing attorney he focused on federal Indian law, environmental and administrative law, commercial transactions, and legislative affairs. He was most recently highlighted in the Washington Post Magazine’s Lifestyle section on September 18, 2013.

His public talk, “Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth,” will take place on Wednesday, October 9, at 6 p.m. in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. A reception will follow in the Wiyohpiyata Exhibit at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue.

The Harvard University Native American Program, an interfaculty initiative under the Office of the President and Provost, brings together students, faculty and scholars for the purpose of advancing the well being of Indigenous peoples through self-determination, academic achievement, and community service.