Native America in the 21st Century: Out of the Mists and Beyond the Myths

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West, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and a Peace Chief of the Southern Cheyenne, has dedicated his personal and professional life to cultural, educational, governmental and legal issues important to American Indians. As director of the NMAI he is responsible for guiding the successful opening of the three facilities that comprise the NMAI: the George Gustav Heye Center (New York City), the Cultural Resources Center (Suitland, MD), and the NMAI Mall museum (Washington, D.C.). West is also active in coordinating fundraising for the Museum, which has raised more than $100 million in non-federal funds for construction and opening costs to date.

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