Born in Oklahoma, Mr. Rick West is a citizen of the state's Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and a peace chief of the Southern Cheyenne. He holds a master's degree in American History from Harvard University and a law degree from Stanford University. He practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Indian-owned law firm of Gover, Stetson, Williams, and West, P.C. Also, Mr. West was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson. Reflecting his passionate interest in and commitment to contemporary Native American art, he is the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.