Gover, an Oklahoma Pawnee and former assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Interior Department, is a former law partner of West, the museum's founding director. His office at Interior oversaw the Bureau of Indian Affairs, historically one of the most contentious agencies in the federal government.
Suzan Shown Harjo, a writer and prominent voice for Indian rights, endorsed the selection. "I think he is perfect. He is very analytical about systems, management, how to run things. There is so much going on at the museum and he knows how to sort out priorities," she said.
Comment: See The Feel-Good National Museum for the initial reactions to the museum.