Walter Echo-Hawk Authors New Book About Indian Law

UNM School of LawWalter Echo-Hawk (`73) has authored In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided. In the 576-page book, he looks at how court decisions through the years have shaped life in Indian country across the United States.

Through an analysis of 10 cases, he calls for a shift in American legal thinking. Each case study includes historical, contemporary and political context from a Native American perspective, and the case’s legacy on Native America. 

The reader “will close this book with a thirst for justice and an eagerness to confront the many challenges that lie ahead as we stride toward a more just society in the postcolonial world,” he said.

Echo-Hawk is a prolific author and currently is of counsel with Crowe & Dunlevy, an Oklahoma law firm, where he is a member of the firm’s Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group.

A member of the Pawnee Nation, he spent 35 years with the Native American Rights Fund, and was instrumental in securing passage of two federal laws that respect Indian and religious freedoms and also the repatriation of Native American remains to Indian tribes.