Kevin Gover, director, National Museum of the American Indian
Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and author
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host journalist Steve Inskeep in a conversation with Kevin Gover (Pawnee), the museum’s director, about the museum’s major new exhibition, “Americans” and the history of Indian removal—specifically Cherokee removal. This program is part of the museum’s observance of Native American Heritage Month.
Inskeep is cohost of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. His investigative journalism has received an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. Inskeep is also the author of Jacksonland (2016), a history of President Andrew Jackson’s long-running conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who used diplomacy and U.S. law to resist the removal of American Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830s.
“Steve Inskeep has paid incredible attention to detail and his references are impeccable and well researched. History often overlooks, or briefly mentions, that one of Andrew Jackson’s major initiatives as president of the United States was the removal of Indian tribes, including the Cherokee, from their ancestral homelands. The honest and factual detailing of how Cherokee traditional lands were usurped is compelling, and I hope it gives contemporary American readers a new perspective on our collective history. Andrew Jackson and his political allies in Congress wanted what we had and they simply took it by any means necessary. Clearly, our ancestors didn’t stand a chance. Steve Inskeep tells the story fairly and pays proper due diligence to the politics of the day, especially the treatment of the Five Civilized Tribes.” —Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation.
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