NWIFC: EchoHawk makes first visit to Northwest
"Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk made his first visit to the Pacific Northwest as the head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to meet with leaders of the 24 treaty Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The daylong meeting on July 31 at the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center focused on natural resources management and the federal government’s trust responsibility to tribes.

“I’m familiar with the issues that concern Pacific Northwest tribes,” EchoHawk said. “I just have some catching up to do. I’m glad to have this opportunity to listen and learn from you.”

EchoHawk recently was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. A member of the Pawnee Nation, Echohawk was elected Attorney General of Idaho in 1990, the first American Indian in U.S. history elected as a state attorney general. He also served as a county prosecutor in 1986 and two consecutive terms in the Idaho legislature. Prior to his appointment, he was a law professor for 14 years at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.

“We’re grateful that Larry accepted our invitation,” said Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and member of the Nisqually Tribe. “Larry’s from the Northwest but has been away from Indian Country for a while, teaching law. He asked us to help get him up to speed.”"

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