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Larry EchoHawk up for assistant secretary job

Larry EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is being considered for the assistant secretary for Indian affairs post under President Barack Obama.

In 1991, EchoHawk became the first Native American elected to a statewide office. He served as attorney general of Idaho for four years.

EchoHawk currently serves as a law professor at the Brigham Young University and is of counsel to the EchoHawk Law Offices in Idaho.

If nominated by Obama and confirmed by the Senate, EchoHawk would oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.