Let me be a free man—free to travel, free to work, free to follow the religion of my forefathers, and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.
-- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce.
Indigenous rights are never freely given—they must be demanded, wrested away, then vigilantly protected. That is the essence of freedom.
-- Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee.
NAWA! Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) is a Native American speaker, author, and attorney. Throughout his distinguished legal career, he has worked to protect the legal, political, property, cultural, and human rights of Indian tribes and Native peoples. An articulate and versed indigenous rights activist, Echo-Hawk delivers keynote speeches and lectures on a wide variety of indigenous topics, involving Native arts and cultures, indigenous history, federal Indian law, religious freedom, environmental protection, Native American cosmology, and human rights.
He makes keynote appearances at important events throughout Indian Country and around the world. Over the years, he has offered major speeches in South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Philippines, Fiji, Canada, and throughout the United States. His last book lecture tour for his groundbreaking book, In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (2010) took him to 28 states. He is now on tour for his new book, IN THE LIGHT OF JUSTICE (2013) which is available for sale on this website.
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Natives Speak Out Against the Santa Fe Fiesta - The Bloodless Reconquest
A loud group of about 50 mostly Native protesters disrupted the Entrada kickoff event of the Fiestas de Santa Fe....
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Donates $250,000 to Standing Rock Legal Fund
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is donating $250,000 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe?s legal fund, citing the need to keep pushing for proper consultation even after...
To Book Walter Echo-Hawk
October 10th - October 12th, 2016
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler, AZ
Participant, Living Language Blueprint (Oct. 10, 1-4pm); and Moderator, Ignite Sessions (Oc. 12, 9-10:15am) at the "2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums," hosted by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM).
Saturday October 22nd, 2016
The Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
02:00pm to 03:00pm
Keynote Address, at "2016 World Indigenous Law Conference" (sponsored by Seventh Generation Fund, Law & Society at UC Irvine School of Law and others)
Tuesday November 15th, 2016
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Keynote on "Cultural Sovereignty: Protecting Endangered Cultures" (University's Artist and Lecture Series, 2016).
"How the UNDRIP can provide a stronger foundation for Indian rights in the United States"
By Walter Echo-Hawk
Posted: 06 Mar 2011
INDIAN RIGHTS IN THE U.S. ARISE from a foundation fashioned in the 19th Century. Much of that foundation remains sound today and should be retained, especially the "inherent tribal sovereignty" doctrine of Worcester v. Georgia (1833) and its "protectorate framework" for protecting Indian nations that exist in the Republic as "domestic dependant...
"Why We Need The UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES"
By Walter Echo-Hawk
Posted: 27 Feb 2011
MANY IN INDIAN COUNTRY fail to see how international law can help solve tribal problems at home on Indian reservations. That is short-sighted. By contrast, the leading Indian Country organizations fought hard for many years to develop the UNDRIP and obtain UN and US approval. Those advocates include the National Congress of American Indians, Na...