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Larry EchoHawk, a BYU law professor, practicing attorney and former state attorney general, has joined the administration of US President Barack Obama as the head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A member of the Pawnee Nation and a respected LDS Church leader, EchoHawk now becomes the top federal official with exclusive responsibility for Indian Affairs.

EchoHawk is on leave from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and federal American Indian law, pending the conclusion of his government service.

An article in the LDS Church News describes EchoHawk’s interesting personal and professional background.  A detailed article about him also appears on Wikipedia.