Walter Echo-Hawk, Jr. receives Governor’s excellence award

Tulsa Daily Commerce & Legal News
Oct. 21, 2010

Walter Echo-Hawk, Jr., respected attorney, author and activist, recently received a Governor’s Commendation of Excellence Award in recognition of his professional contributions to indigenous cultures throughout the nation.

For three decades, Echo-Hawk has sought to empower Native Americans through his legal work on tribal sovereignty and civil liberties. Echo-Hawk is an attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, specializing in Indian law.

His legal experience includes cases involving Native American water rights, reburial and repatriation, religious freedom and prisoner rights.

He also serves as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of his tribe, the Pawnee Nation.

Echo-Hawk served as a senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years. His legal expertise was instrumental in passing two federal laws that expanded rights for Native Americans in the areas of religious freedom and repatriation. Echo-Hawk is currently on a national book lecture tour for his new book, “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided.” He has also published many other works including “Battlefields and Burial Grounds.” A member of the Native American Bar Assocation, Echo-Hawk serves as Native Arts and Cultures Foundation chair and a trustee at Pawnee Nation College.

He has received numerous professional awards, including ACLU of Oregon's Civil Liberties Award and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award from Denver Metropolitan College.

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