The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs just announced that Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk will resign his position effective April 27, 2012 to assume a leadership position in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Donald “Del” Laverdure, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, will serve as Acting Assistant Secretary until President Obama nominates a new Assistant Secretary to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Laverdure is a member of the Crow Nation and has served in a leadership role at Interior since 2009.
“The opportunity to participate in remedying the negative perceptions of the federal government in Indian country was a formidable challenge at first, but I am proud to say that I have served my country as an agent for change here in Indian Affairs,” said Echo Hawk. “I believe at the end of this administration, the work we accomplished will leave a lasting legacy for American Indian and Alaska Natives. I want to thank President [Barack] Obama, Secretary [Ken] Salazar, the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations and the many devoted employees at Interior who supported my leadership and allowed me the opportunity to serve Indian Country.”