Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Native American Rights Fund Reaches 40-Year Milestone

Flagship Indian Rights Organization to Celebrate Four Decades of Service October 29th at Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World Casino

Forty years after opening its doors as a pilot project to provide legal services to American Indians nationwide, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) will host a two-day celebration of four decades “Defending Tribal Sovereignty.” Established in 1970, NARF is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

NARF, which stemmed from government-funded legal service programs for the poor and disadvantaged in the 1960’s, will commemorate its 40th year of serving the American Indian community on October 29th at the Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK.

“Community, tradition, culture and sovereignty are integral values to Native American people,” said John Echohawk, Executive Director of NARF. “This celebration is not only a recognition of NARF’s four decades of service, but also the commitment by American Indians to hold these values sacred.”

The event includes an Indian Law Forum, which will highlight the history of and review current concerns and challenges in Indian law. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to a collective vision for the future of NARF’s direction in Indian Law.

NARF will also host a celebration dinner to highlight 40 tribes, individuals and organizations that significantly impacted NARF in its 40 years of operation. Among those honored will be former NARF attorney Arlinda Locklear, who became the first American Indian woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Walter Echo-Hawk for his tremendous contributions to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Registration for the event is open to anyone. Those interested in participating in the Law Forum and Anniversary Dinner are invited to visit www.narf.org or call (303) 447-8760.

About the Native American Rights Fund
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.
www.narf.org

For more information, please contact Jennifer Redbone at 303-447-8760 or Jennifer@narf.org.