Please Don’t Stab that Portrait in My Attic

W. Richard West, Jr., the recently retired director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, has aroused Congressional suspicion by spending $48,500 of museum funds to commission a portrait of himself, painted by a non-Native American artist. Here is the full story from the AP.

Why does that name sound familiar, you ask? The same Dr. West received an honoary degree at Dartmouth’s Commencement ceremonies this past June.