April 26, 2012

Statement by Senator Akaka on the Resignation of Larry Echo Hawk

Washington D.C. –
Today, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, made the following statement on the resignation of Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior.
“Larry Echo Hawk has been a great friend to the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Whether advocating for the protection of tribal sovereignty, trust responsibility, or the right to self-sufficiency, Larry has spent his tenure working for what is pono – right and just.”
“Larry has strengthened the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government. His leadership and vision will be greatly missed.”
“I would like to say mahalo nui loa for all of the work that Larry has done on behalf of our Native peoples, and to extend a warm aloha as he embarks on a new chapter of his life.”
Contact: Emily Deimel
Contact Phone: 202-224-3667
Contact E-mail: emily_deimel@indian.senate.gov