Larry Echo Hawk appointed to LDS Church leadership

Larry Echo Hawk appointed to LDS Church leadership

By Matt Mayhood. CREATED Mar 31, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A top official for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is resigning to accept a leadership position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk is being appointed to the Quorum of the Seventy, which is the Mormon Church's third-highest governing body. It is a full-time position.

The 63-year-old Echo Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation. He has worked for Indian Affairs since 2009.

Echo Hawk was elected as the attorney general for Idaho in 1990, the first Native American in the country to be elected as a state attorney general. He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 1994 for governor of Idaho.

The appointment was announced Saturday during the Mormon Church's semi-annual general conference in Salt Lake City.