Democrat Echohawk comes from era when Democrats had near parity with Republicans in Idaho State government-
Larry Echohawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe, has just become head of the troubled Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of Interior. Now teaching at Brigham Young University, as a Democrat he was an Idaho State Senator, later state Attorney General, and lost in a bid to become Idaho’s governor to the then rising politcian, Dirk Kempthorne.
Until 1994, Democrats were doing fairly well in Idaho, except for the legislature when they haven’t controlled since the 1950s.
Utahn takes on massive job over Indian affairs. BYU professor takes on agency’s top post. By Thomas Burr. Salt Lake Tribune.
Although the Bureau doesn’t have a lot of direct conservation authority, because of its indirect influence over the Indian Reservations, it is good to have this agency filled by a conservationist.