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RN and the Road to Indian Self-Determination

In the first collaboration between the Richard Nixon Foundation and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, President Nixon’s policy of self-determination was center stage. The assembled panel of noted authorities on Indian affairs, Nixon and the American Indian: The Movement to Self-Determination, took place Thursday, November 15, 2012.

The panelists, each with a unique insight into the President’s legacy, offered opening remarks reflecting their expertise. Bobbie Kilberg, White House Fellow during the Nixon administration, spoke about the formation of the Indian Message; the internal operations of the White House regarding Indian policy; and the personal connection President Nixon had to the American Indian community. Reid Chambers, former Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs, discussed how the President’s policy was implemented from a legal standpoint, and established the future precedent for Indian relations with State and Federal governments.  Robert Anderson, current Director of the Native American Law Center at University of Washington, concluded the program by discussing the far reaching, and lasting implications of President Nixon’s Indian policy.