Larry Echo Hawk

Professor of Law

Before joining the BYU Law School faculty in 1995, Larry Echo Hawk served as attorney general of Idaho (1991-1995).  He is the first Native American elected to a constitutional statewide office.  During this time he served as a national co-chair for Native Americans for the Clinton-Gore administration.  Before his election to the office of Idaho attorney general, professor Echo Hawk also served in the Idaho State House of Representatives and as the prosecuting attorney for Bannock County, Idaho.

Born in Wyoming and raised in New Mexico, professor Echo Hawk is a member of the Pawnee tribe.  He attended BYU on a football scholarship as an undergraduate, and after graduating from law school worked in a legal practice in Salt Lake City from 1975 – 1980.   He is also the senior partner of Echo Hawk Law Offices in Pocatello, Idaho. He is currently serving as head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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  • The White Man Turned a Tame, Beautiful Land into the Wild West, High Country News, March 9, 1992.
  • Stewards of a Sacred Place - For Native Americans, Spirit and the Land Are One, Focus (a magazine published by Boise State University), spring edition 1992.
  • Remembering the Seventh Generation, Democratic National Convention 1992, Official Proceedings, p. 284.
  • On Being Wise Stewards of the Sacred Land, Clark Memorandum (a publication of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University), spring edition, 1993.
  • Idaho May Be Ready For a Full-Scale ADR Program, The Advocate (the official publication of the Idaho Bar Association), August 1994.
  • Achieving and Preserving the Promise of America, BYU Devotional and Fireside Speeches, 1994-95.
  • Curing a Search Warrant That Fails to Particularly Describe the Place to be Searched, Idaho Law Review, 1998. This article was also reprinted in The Search and Seizure Law Report, in March 1999.
  • Factors Contributing to Juvenile Violence in Indian Communities, The BYU Journal of Public Law, 1998.
  • Is it Time for Idaho to Return Jurisdiction Over Indian Reservations?, The Advocate (official journal of the Idaho State Bar Association), December 1999.
  • Idaho Indian Treaty Rights: Historical Roots and Modern Day Applications, The Advocate (official journal of the Idaho State Bar Association) October 2001.
  • Child Sexual Abuse in Indian Country: Is the Guardian Keeping in Mind the Seventh Generation?, New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, 2001-2002.
  • What Indian Tribes Can Do To Combat Child Sexual Abuse, ribal Law Journal, University of New Mexico, School of Law (2004).