Echo-Hawk to Address Native American Struggles


Walter Echo-Hawk, an advocate for Native American rights, will reflect on four decades of legal battles next month in a visit to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Echo-Hawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe, spent 35 years as staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, where he become a central figure in representing tribal rights and recognition during the modern era of Federal Indian law. He was instrumental in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994).

“Walter Echo-Hawk has made a profound impact on generations of Native people,” said Dr. Les Riding-In, assistant dean of graduate studies for the College of Liberal Arts and primary advisor for the Native American Student Association. “His story is truly inspirational to anyone who is concerned with social justice issues, privilege and critical race theory.”

Echo-Hawk has chronicled his legal career of native activism in two books — “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided” and “In the Light of Justice” — and will sign those at a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in University Hall, Room 108. At noon, Wednesday, Nov. 5, Echo-Hawk will talk with students about his experiences in College Hall, Room 100. Both events are free and open to the public.

Echo-Hawk is currently an attorney for Crowe and Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Colorado Supreme Court, Oklahoma Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the eighth, ninth, District of Columbia and tenth circuits, and a host of federal district courts.

His visit is part of the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute annual events and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office. Additional sponsors include the Pre-Law Center, the Native American Student Association, the Honors College and the Department of English.

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UPDATED 11/5/14 with pictures from event.


(By James Dunning/COLA Communications,

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