Larry EchoHawk, Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, will be the speaker at the Thursday, March 3rd Convocations at Southern Utah University.
In honor of Native American Week, EchoHawk, member of the Pawnee Indian Tribe, will speak to students and the community on “Tribal Sovereignty.”
Prior to joining the BYU law school faculty, EchoHawk served as the Attorney General for the State of Idaho. He was the first American Indian in U.S. history elected as a state attorney general.
He received his education at BYU, the University of Utah, and Stanford University. He began his legal career as a legal services attorney working for impoverished Indian people in California, then opened a private law office in Salt Lake City. In 1977, he was hired as tribal attorney for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho, a position he held for more than eight years.
He entered politics in 1982 when he was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. After serving two terms there he was named Bannock County prosecutor in 1986, winning election to that office two years later.
During his service as Attorney General, EchoHawk was named one of 20 “people to watch” in the West by Newsweek Magazine, and pictured on the cover of USA Weekend magazine as one of America’s 20 Most Promising People in Politics. He was the first BYU graduate ever to receive the prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, given to a select few prominent athletes who, 25 years after completing their collegiate athletic eligibility, distinguished themselves in their careers and personal lives.
Larry EchoHawk served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Terry, have six children. His Convocations presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium. Convocations is free and open to the public.
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