OKLAHOMA CITY – Crowe & Dunlevy recently announced the addition of Walter R. Echo-Hawk Jr. to serve as of-counsel to the firm’s Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group. A lawyer, tribal judge, scholar and activist, his legal experience includes cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights and reburial/repatriation rights.
Echo-Hawk has worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years. He was instrumental in securing passage of three federal laws that respect Indian and religious freedoms and also the repatriation of Native American remains to Indian tribes.
In 1989, Echo-Hawk negotiated a national reburial agreement with the Smithsonian Institution, which was enacted into law. In 1989-90, he helped lead a national campaign for passage of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act - an important human rights law. In 1994, he represented the Native American Church of North America to secure passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994 to protect religious use of peyote by Indians. Presently, he is representing the Klamath Tribes of Oregon to quantify treaty-protected water rights in Southern Oregon in a highly publicized and controversial set of federal and state litigation.
Echo-Hawk is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Colorado Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, the Court of Claims and a host of federal District Courts.
He earned a political science degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the University of New Mexico.
Posted on Thu, April 9, 2009
by Crowe & Dunlevy