Tulsa Attorney Authors Book on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

TULSA, Okla. – In a new book released in August titled “In the Light of Justice,” author and Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Walter R. Echo-Hawk explores steps that the United States, as well as other nations, must take to provide a more just society and heal past injustices committed against indigenous peoples.

The book was inspired by a 2007 decision by the United Nations to approve the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States' endorsement in 2010 ushered in a new era of Indian law and policy.

“This book examines the proposition that Native American rights are inalienable human rights,” Echo-Hawk said. “It urges Indian Country to stride toward the human rights framework created by the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Relying on atonement and forgiveness traditions, it asks the United States to heal wounds of the past and create a more just society by implementing the UNDRIP.”

Echo-Hawk currently practices law in Tulsa, Okla. as of counsel to Crowe & Dunlevy, where he assists the firm's Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group. The group represents more than a dozen Indian tribes and tribal entities. He was instrumental in securing passage of two federal laws that respect Indian and religious freedoms and also the repatriation of Native American remains to Indian tribes. He has worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years.

A prolific writer, his publications include award-winning books “Battlefields and Burial Grounds” (1994) and “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided” (2010). Echo-Hawk is currently on a national and international lecture tour for this new book. Visit his website or Facebook page to learn more about Echo-Hawk, his books and upcoming events.

Praise for “In the Light of Justice”

“This is the book I have been waiting for: a truly probing study of justice that comes down elegantly on the side of restorative and reparative actions that heal body and soul, individual and community.” —Phil Cousineau, author of “Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement and The Art of Pilgrimage”

“Walter Echo-Hawk's new book clearly demonstrates the potential of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to positively impact United States Indian law and, most importantly, sets out a strategy and a process for implementing the Declaration into American law. Everyone who is interested in Indigenous issues in the United States, or in international law and Indigenous peoples, needs to read this book.” —Robert J. Miller, professor and author of “Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and Manifest Destiny”

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