Prominent Native-American lawyer Walter Echo-Hawk will discuss “The Rise of Human Rights in America,” on Wednesday, February 6, at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Echo-Hawk is the 2013 Elder-in-Residence in WVU’s Native American Studies Program. His speech at the College of Law is an Archibald McDougall Visiting Lectureship in International Law.
“This is a historic time for Native American rights in the United States,” said Echo-Hawk, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Pawnee Nation. “We currently stand between the existing framework for indigenous rights established by federal Indian law, which came to us from the Law of Colonialism, and a brand new human rights framework envisioned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.”
Echo-Hawk is an attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm, and a law professor at Tulsa University. He serves on the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court and is also the vice chairman of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
A reception will follow Echo-Hawk’s lecture at WVU College of Law. He will also sign copies of his 2010 book, “In the Courts of the Conqueror,” which will be available for purchase.
Echo-Hawk’s most recent book, “In The Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” will be published later this year.