Nation to Nation: 03 Introductory Remarks by Kevin Washburn
This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition. In this segment, Kevin K. Washburn offers some Introductory Remarks. Kevin K. Washburn, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, is the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to carrying out the Department’s trust responsibilities regarding the management of tribal and individual Indian trust lands and assets, the Assistant Secretary is responsible for promoting the self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation’s 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and their approximately two million enrolled members. A former law school professor and dean, Washburn also previously served as General Counsel for the National Indian Gaming Commission and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a well-known scholar of federal Indian law. Among his other books and articles, he is a co-author and editor of the leading legal treatise in the field of Indian law, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2012 edition). This symposium was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on September 18. 2014.