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Walter Echo-Hawk

Native American author, attorney, and tribal leader, President, Pawnee Nation Business Council

Echo-Hawk is a prominent Native American speaker, author, and attorney. As a tribal leader he is currently serving as President of the Pawnee Nation Business Council. Throughout his distinguished legal career, he has worked to protect the legal, political, material, cultural, and human rights of Native peoples. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws, including NAGPRA (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act amendments (1994). An articulate and versed Indigenous rights activist, Echo-Hawk delivers keynote speeches and lectures on a wide variety of Indigenous topics, including art, cultures, history, federal law, religious freedom, environmental protection, cosmology, and human rights. In 2018, he taught law as the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at the University of Hawai'i. He has published three celebrated books: In the Courts of the Conqueror (2010), In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2013), and The Sea of Grass (2018).

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Forum 49:

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, NAGPRA, and Higher Education

Walter Echo-Hawk

Held October 28, 2020

Includes video