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Larry Echohawk papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8050

Scope and Contents

Contains the documents of Larry Echohawk during his tenure as Assistant Secretary to the Interior on Indian Affairs, including correspondence and memos from senators, tribal leaders, and others, as well as contracts between the Federal Government and tribes. Also includes his weekly reports to the Secretary of the Interior, daily schedules of his meetings with senators and others, photographs of him at various venues, including being sworn in, and press releases. All materials are related to Indian Affairs. Dated from between 2009 and 2012.


  • 2009-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2017; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Larry Echohawk papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Larry Echohawk (born 1948) is a former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Larry Echohawk was born on August 2, 1948 in Cody, Wyoming to Ernest and Emma Jane Echo Hawk. He is a member of the Pawnee tribe. He grew up in Farmington, New Mexico. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was fourteen years old. He married Teresa Pries in 1967 and they had six children. He went to Brigham Young University (BYU) and earned degrees in physical education and zoology before serving two years in the Marines. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah and got an MBA at Stanford University in 1975. He then started a law firm defending Indian tribes in court. He was elected Attorney General of Idaho in 1990. After that, he taught at BYU for a few years. Echohawk served on the American Indian Services National Advisory Board and Board of Trustees and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice. He has also served on the board of the American Indian Community Resource Center. He was made the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in 2009. He resigned from that position in April 2012. He was appointed a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in that same month. He currently lives in Virginia.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains five series: 1. Larry Echohawk correspondence, 2009-2012. 2. Larry Echohawk weekly reports, 2009-2012. 3. Larry Echohawk daily schedules, 2009-2012. 4. Larry Echohawk photographs, 2009-2012. 5. Larry Echohawk press releases, 2009-2012.

Custodial History

Donated by Larry Echohawk in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Larry Echohawk; 2012.


Ethnic and minority history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

The collection documents the work of Larry Echohawk on Indian Affairs.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of the Larry Echohawk papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor
2012 May 24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States