Gover thinks few will remember West's spending

When Kevin Gover took control of the National Museum of the American Indian last month, his arrival was soon overshadowed by controversy over spending by his predecessor.

Gover, a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, tells The New York Times the museum's image "took a little hit." But he doesn't it will have long-term impact.

"I worry about that in connection with the tribes. But in a very few months I think very few people will remember this," Gover says.

West, a members of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, spent more than $250,000 on travel in four years. He commissioned a $48,500 portrait and the museum spent $30,585 on an eight-minute DVD biography for him.

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