Keynote: Walter Echo Hawk
Friday, September 20 at 7 PM; University Center Ballroom (Registration opens at 6:15)
Walter Echo Hawk, Pawnee author and Kickapoo Tribe Chief Justice, will present the 24th Headwaters Conference keynote address at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20
Walter Echo-Hawk (www.walterechohawk.com) wears 3 hats: (1) Chief Justice, Supreme Court, Kickapoo Tribe; (2) Of Counsel, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm; and (3) Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law. From 1973-2008, he was a staff attorney of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), where he represented Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians on significant legal issues in the modern era of federal Indian law, during the rise of modern Indian Nations in the tribal sovereignty movement. A lawyer, tribal judge, scholar, author, and activist, his legal experience includes cases involving: Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial\repatriation rights.
His most recent book (2013) is entitled IN THE LIGHT OF JUSTICE: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples