Utahn Larry EchoHawk is slated to head up Indian Affairs in Obama's Department of the Interior. Born in Wyoming, raised in New Mexico, educated in Utah (at BYU on a football scholarship and at the U of U for a law degree), EchoHawk first practiced law in Salt Lake City. In 1977, he headed to Idaho to work for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall. Then in 1982, he was elected as a House Democrat, representing Idaho's Bannock County, followed by a stint as Bannock County prosecuting attorney, then Idaho attorney general in 1990.
After an unsuccessful bid for Idaho governor in 1994, EchoHawk joined the faculty at BYU's law school. EchoHawk, a member of the LDS Church, serves as a stake president at BYU.
Mormon, Pawnee Indian, Democrat--it's like an exercise of "Things That Don't Go Together"--EchoHawk is essentially an amalgam of the West. And now, assuming he is confirmed, he'll have "Washington high-ranking bureaucrat" to add to the list. Godspeed.