Echohawk, Larry

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Birth 1948-08-02

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Larry Jack Echo Hawk (1948-) is the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Larry Jack Echo Hawk was born on August 2, 1948 in Cody, Wyoming to Ernest and Emma Jane Echo Hawk. He is a member of the Pawnee tribe. He grew up in Farmington, New Mexico. He was baptized into the Mormon church when he was 14. He married Teresa Pries in 1967 and they had six children. He went to BYU and earned degrees in physical education and zoology before serving two years in the Marines. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah and got an MBA at Stanford University in 1975. He then started a law firm defending Indian tribes in court. He was elected Attorney General of Idaho in 1990. After that, he taught at BYU for a few years. Echo Hawk served on the American Indian Services National Advisory Board and Board of Trustees and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice. He has also served on the board of the American Indian Community Resource Center. He was made the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in 2009. He resigned from that position in April 2012. He was appointed a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in that same month. He currently lives in Virginia.

From the guide to the Larry Jack Echo Hawk papers, 2009-2012, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)


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