Legendary civil rights attorney Walter Echo-Hawk, who spent more than three decades working for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and has been involved in several landmark cases, will speak at the UA on Wednesday.
Echo-Hawk is presenting in conjunction with the release of his new book, "In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America & the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 164 of the James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., and is free and open to the public.
Echo-Hawk’s career spans the pivotal years when American Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty and pride in a stride toward freedom. An attorney since 1973, he has represented tribal nations on a number of important legal issues, including treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights and repatriation rights.
During his career with NARF, Echo-Hawk litigated in many of the epic struggles and was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws, such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in 1990 and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act amendments in 1994.
Today, Echo-Hawk is an attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, one of Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firms. There, he specializes in Indian law and assists the firm’s Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group.
Echo-Hawk’s talk will be followed by a book signing and a reception. The event is sponsored by the UA law school's Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program.