WASHINGTON DC –
The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will conduct a nomination hearing at 2:15 PM, Thursday, May 7, to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Larry Echo Hawk to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the United States Department of the Interior. The hearing will be held in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs develops Interior Department policy on Indian affairs related issues and makes budget recommendations that affect Indian education, public safety, social health and welfare, economic development, energy development, federal recognition of Tribes, and other issues. If confirmed, Mr. Echo Hawk would also oversee agencies that carry out those functions. These agencies include: the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the Office of Indian Gaming, the Office of Self-Governance, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIEED), the Office of Federal Acknowledgement, the Office of Budget Management, and other offices at the Department of the Interior relating to Indian Tribes, individual Indians and Indian lands.
Mr. Echo Hawk was nominated for the post on April 20, 2009. He currently teaches at Brigham Young University’s law school in Provo, Utah.
WHO: U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman; Vice Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY); and other members of the committee.
WITNESSES: Larry Echo Hawk, nominee for Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior; The Honorable Alonzo Coby, Chairman, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
WHAT: Nomination hearing
WHEN: 2:15 PM, Thursday, May 7, 2009
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
WHY: To consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Larry Echo Hawk to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.