Pawnee Indian Larry EchoHawk will be nominated to become the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which falls under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Interior.
The Senate Indian Affairs committee must approve the nomination for Echohawk to get the job.
Echohawk served previously as Idaho's attorney general (1991-1995) and is currently a law professor at Brigham Young University. EchoHawk's brother, John, is the executive director of the Native American Rights Fund.
In announcing the Echohawk nomination, President Barack Obama said, "Our success in rebuilding America and laying the groundwork for a safer, more prosperous future depends in no small part on the talent, expertise, and dedication of public servants like these men and women. I am confident that each of them will meet and exceed the high standard that the American people expect and deserve."
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