Senate confirms UNM dean Indian Affairs post
Posted at: 09/22/2012 1:15 PM
By: The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The dean of the University of New Mexico Law School - who is also a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma - has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.
The Department of Interior says the U.S. Senate confirmed Kevin Washburn to the post Friday night.
Washburn will oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Washburn has been UNM law school dean since June 2009.
He also worked as a federal prosecutor and has taught at law schools at the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota.
Washburn said during his confirmation hearing that he would work to ensure the federal government meets its obligations to American Indians and would support those tribes working toward greater self-governance.
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