Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to host renowned Indian law attorney, Walter Echo-Hawk, as the first Walter R. Echo-Hawk Distinguished Visiting Professor during the current spring semester. Echo-Hawk arrived on campus in January and will stay through April 2015.
Walter Echo-Hawk is one of the foremost experts in Indian law and is a distinguished author, tribal judge, law professor, and member of the Pawnee Nations. As a Native American rights attorney since 1973, his career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in the pursuit of freedom and justice. Echo-Hawk 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 including, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994).
“We are thrilled to have Professor Echo-Hawk serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark,” Dean Jennifer Johnson said. “Our students will benefit tremendously from his lectures and from the opportunity to interact closely with him. Professor Echo-Hawk’s visit is possible because of the lead gift from the Snoqualmie Tribe, with additional funding from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. We are also deeply grateful to the nine tribes of Oregon for their support.”
As the Walker R. Echo-Hawk Distinguished Visiting Professor, Professor Echo-Hawk is currently teaching two classes on the Law School campus in Portland, Oregon. The first class, “Indigenous Rights,” is based on his book, In the Courts of the Conqueror, and the second class is a seminar, “The Rise of International Indigenous Rights in the United States” based on his book, In the Light of Justice.
Says Echo-Hawk, “I look forward to reaching this next generation of Indian law practitioners. Lewis & Clark students are enthusiastic and passionate about effecting positive change and justice for Native American peoples and Indian tribal governments. I’m honored to be here.”