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.
This Site introduces this Native American Speaker, profiles his unique career, and provides Contact Information for your event. WELCOME!
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10 Cool Rez Pup Photos From All Over Indian Country
ICTMN has been asking our readers to send in cool photos of their rez pups. Now we are in week three and still we are getting a lot of cool rez pup pics since we sent out word on our Facebook page, Twitter and Google+. Since these past two weeks for rez pup photos have been such a success ? We again have decided to keep it going!
Thanks to our rez pup Lovin? peeps in Indian country ? we love to see these pups ? so keep sending them if you live on or near a rez!
If you?d like to submit your rez pup photo just send us an email at RezPups@Gmail.com along with a picture, the dog?s name and age, owner?s name, rez you?re from (or near) and city and state ? we?ll be glad to post your rez pup pics!
Dr. Brooke Gondara is the caretaker of Sweet Adeline, a beautiful Great Dane mix who recently had a litter of puppies. Dr. Gondara, who hails from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Southeast Montana, is a staunch advocate for responsible pet ownership and works hard as a rez dog rescuer on her rez.
Dr. Gondara says that though this series is a wonderful look at inside Rez Pups, she wants Indian country to remember the hundreds of dogs every year who suffer from neglect and abuse. ?Rez dogs are survivors. Rez dogs were once a cultural tradition that were revered and respected. Animals make us human.?
Sweet Adeline was abandoned by her owner. Adeline also struggled with three legs and hunger yet still gave birth to 10 gorgeous pups. Dr. Gondara says Sweet Adeline now resides with Rez Dog Rescue of Montana in Billings and is seeking her ?furever? home.
Thumper and two Rounded up Rez Pup Buddies?
When Stevie Jr. (@eivetsjr on Twitter) walked outside his door one morning on the Nez Perce Reservation, his gold colored terrier named Thumper was waiting outside with two other rez buddies he had most likely rounded up around the neighborhood. If Thumper could talk, we?d bet he?d be saying ?That?s how we roll on the rez.?
To Book Walter Echo-Hawk
"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...