Walter Echo-Hawk

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!

Film about Walter Echo-Hawk, produced and directed by leading Native American film maker, Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) (

Indian Country Headline News

?100 Years? Documentary Highlights Elouise Cobell - Wes Studi Attends Screening

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A Call for Justice Dept to Act on DAPL Civil Rights Abuses

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday November 15th, 2016

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Keynote on "Cultural Sovereignty: Protecting Endangered Cultures" (University's Artist and Lecture Series, 2016).

December 4th - December 6th, 2016

Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, PO Box 5825

Presentation, "Ethical Considerations in the Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous Peoples in the World Today," at the International Ethics Summit (Dec. 4-6) held at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.

December 12th - December 15th, 2016

Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, NM

Participant (as a CRF Advisory Board member), "Pathways to Fluency: Cultural Survival Through Language Revitalization" hosted by Cultural Resource Fund (CFR), Mica Group and Tides Foundation.

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Recent Blog Post

"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...


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...

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