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Washington: Indian Affairs official addresses LDS group

Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, encouraged LDS students in Washington D.C. to make a difference in the lives of others. Speaking at the Barlow Center on March 31, Brother Echo Hawk shared personal stories of his Pawnee Indian heritage and his experiences as a football player, attorney, law professor and public servant. Each has taught him the importance of hard work and giving back.

"You have the ability to be an answer to prayer, an instrument in the hands of God," he said. "Become the hands of the Lord and find out where to give service."

As he crisscrosses the country tending to the needs and trust lands of the nation's 565 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska native tribes, Brother Echo Hawk believes he is in a unique position to help others. He also believes he's a long way from his roots in Farmington, N. M., the place his father settled the family after years of following work in the oil fields.

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