At a Glance
- Career History: Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (14 years); Attorney General of Idaho (1990-1995); prosecuting attorney for Bannock County, Idaho (1986); Democratic state representative in the Idaho House of Representatives (1982-1986).
- Birthday: Aug. 2, 1948
- Hometown: Cody, Wyoming
- Alma Mater: Brigham Young University, B.S., 1969; University of Utah, J.D., 1973; Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 1975. Received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Brigham Young University in 1992 and the University of Utah in 2003.
- Spouse: Terry
- Religion: Mormon
- DC Office: lIndian Affairs, MS-4141-MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240, 202-208-7163
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Path to Power
EchoHawk was born on Aug. 2, 1948 in Cody, Wyo. The family later moved to Farmington, N.M., where he attended public school from first grade through high school.
EchoHawk's name is the English translation of the Native American name given his great-grandfather, a non-English speaking Pawnee Indian who served as a scout in the U.S. Cavalry. To the Pawnee, the hawk is a symbol of a brave warrior. When fellow Pawnee spoke of his bravery and good deeds, it was described as echoing; thus, the name EchoHawk.
Prior to his nomination to the BIA job, EchoHawk began setting the record straight about his previous stances on gaming. In his post, he will also preside over Interior's Office of Indian Gaming Management, which is responsible for implementing gaming-related activities assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Indian Gaming regulatory Act and other Federal laws.
Among other actions, when he served as Idaho's attorney general from 1991 to 1995, he asked the governor to end the state's legal requirement of negotiating Class III gaming with the state's tribes, as mandated in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Wizipan Garriott, Tracie Stevens and Paul Tsosie make up EchoHawk's immediate staff and senior policy team.
In 2009, Paula Hart joined Echo Hawk at the BIA as its director of the Office of Indian Gaming. Hart, who hails from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, had been serving as acting director since May 2008, when the former director, George Skibine, was appointed acting assistant secretary of Indian Affairs. Skibine was replaced by Echo Hawk in 2009.