Former Crow attorney to fill in at top BIA post

Helena, Montana (AP) April 2012

A former Crow attorney has been named the interim head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Interior Department said that Del Laverdure will serve as acting assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian affairs after Larry Echo Hawk resigned to take a position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Laverdure has been deputy assistant secretary since 2009. He was previously the chief legal counsel for the executive branch of the Crow tribe and has held judgeships with the Crow and other tribes.

Laverdure will serve in his new role until President Barack Obama nominates a new assistant secretary. That nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
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