Walter Echo-Hawk
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Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. His career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in a stride toward freedom.

As a Native American rights attorney since 1973, Walter worked at the epicenter of a great social movement alongside visionary tribal leaders, visited tribes in indigenous habitats throughout North America, and was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws—such as, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994). He litigated in many of the epic struggles and has written extensively about the rise of modern Indian nations as a Native American author with first-hand experience, most recently in his groundbreaking book, In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided.

He is currently of counsel to Crowe & Dunlevy, one of Oklahoma's oldest and largest law firms, and assists the firm's Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group. Previously, Walter has taught law at University of Tulsa College of Law.

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