Larry Echohawk promises more help for Alaska Natives, appoints NANA shareholder Elizabeth Hensley

From The Arctic Sounder

Published on October 22nd, 2010 1:40 pm

By MARGARET BAUMAN

Assistant Interior Secretary Larry Echohawk said today in Fairbanks that his top priorities for Native America are education, public safety and economic development, and he would work hard to bring more benefits to Alaska Natives.

"These priorities are not reaching Alaska Native people as they do in other parts of the country," Echohawk told the Alaska Federation of Natives, at its convention. "I'm going to look to where we can make a difference to Alaska Native people."

The assistant secretary said Alaska Natives have an open invitation to visit his office.

Along with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, he said, he was honored to be present recently when AFN leaders came to talk about various issues, and for the swearing in ceremonies for Tim Towarek of Unalakleet as chairman of the federal subsistence board.

Echohawk said he had been wanting to bring an Alaska Native into one of four political leadership positions in the Interior Department and then, to a hearty round of applause, announced the appointment of Elizabeth Hensley, an attorney, and aide to Rep. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue, to fill one of those positions.

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