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Kevin Gover

Kevin Gover, museum director, former federal agency administrator. Bar: United States District Court (New Mexico district), District of Columbia Court Appeals, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit), United States Court Appeals (9th circuit), United States Court Appeals (10th circuit), United States Supreme Court, Wind River Tribal Court, Crow Tribal Court, Yavapai Nation Tribal Court, Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Court.

Background

  • Gover, Kevin was born on February 16, 1955 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Billy Pons and Margaret Lou Gover.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Princeton University, 2001. Juris Doctor cum laude, University New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1981.

    Career

    • Judicial clerk United States District Court, Albuquerque, 1981-1983. Associate attorney Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman, Washington, 1983-1986. Partner Gover, Stetson & Williams, Professional Corporation, Albuquerque, 1986-1997, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, 2001—2002, counsel.

      Assistant secretary for Indian affairs United States Department Interior, 1997—2000. Professor Indian law Sandra Day O'Connor College Law Arizona State University, Tempe, 2003—2007. Director National Museum of America Indian, since 2007.

      Board directors Southwestern Association Indian Art, 1995—1997. Co-executive director American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University. Associate judge Tonto Apache Tribal Court Appeals, Payson, Arizona, 2005—2007, San Carlos Apache Tribal Court Appeals, Arizona, 2005—2007.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: United States District Court (New Mexico district), DC Court Appeals, United States Court Appeals (DC circuit), United States Court Appeals (9th circuit), United States Court Appeals (10th circuit), United States Supreme Court, Wind River Tribal Court, Crow Tribal Court, Yavapai Nation Tribal Court, Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Court.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to professional publications.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Board directors Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, 1995—1997, Futures for Children, since 2002, Salt River DEVCO, since 2004. Member of American Bar Association (chairman committee on native american natural resources law 1989-1990, vice chairman committee on native american rights 2002), Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association.

    Personality

    Interests

    Gardening, history.

    Connections

    • Married Virginia C. Zuniga, August 31, 1980 (divorced May 1990). Children: Phillip Martin, Karita Roseanna. Married Anne Marie, January 1, 2000.
    • father: Billy Pons
    • mother: Margaret Lou Gover
    • spouses: Virginia C. Zuniga
    • Anne Marie
    • children: Phillip Martin Gover
    • Karita Roseanna Gover
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    Born February 16, 1955
    (age 61)
    • 1978
      Princeton University
    • 2001
      Princeton University
    • 1981
      University New Mexico
    • 1981 - 1983
      Judicial clerk, United States District Court
      Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
    • 1983 - 1986
      associate, attorney Fried
      Frank, Volgograd, Russian Federation
    • 1986 - 1997
      partner, Gover
      Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
    • 1997
      assistant, secretary for Indian affairs United States Department Interior
    • 2001 - 2002
      partner, Gover
      Washington, United States
    • 2003 - 2007
      professor, Indian law Sandra Day O'Connor College Law Arizona State University
      Tempe, Arizona, United States
    • 2007
      director, National Museum of American Indian
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