Newly called Mormon general authority Larry EchoHawk is being hailed as a role model by Democrats and American Indians. EchoHawk, 63, a Pawnee and head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Obama administration, was named to the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy during Saturday’s General Conference. EchoHawk, a prominent Democrat, served as Idaho’s attorney general and was the party’s nominee for governor of the Gem State in 1994.
"[EchoHawk’s appointment] helps to obliterate the old myth that you can’t be a good Democrat and a member of the LDS Church," said Jim Dabakis, Utah Democratic Party chairman. "It was never true."