President and CEO, Autry National Center of the American West
Founding Director and Director Emeritus, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute
Richard West, Jr., A.M., J.D. (Southern Cheyenne) is the President and CEO of the Autry National Center of the American West and has devoted much of his personal and professional life to working in the national and international museum communities, and with Native Americans on cultural, educational, legal, and governmental issues. He practiced law at Gover, Stetson, Williams & West, Albuquerque, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington, D.C. and served as general counsel and special counsel to numerous Native American tribes, communities, and organizations. His board affiliations include the Kaiser Family Foundation, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Native American Rights Fund, American Indian Resources Institute, American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums. West received a master’s degree from Harvard University and graduated from the Stanford University School of Law where he was the recipient of the Hilmer Oehlmann Jr. Prize for excellence in legal writing and served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review.