Monday, March 16, 2009

NARF Bids Farewell to a True Modern Day Warrior: Walter Echo-Hawk Jr

BOULDER, CO-It is with great sadness and with well wishes that NARF bids farewell to senior staff attorney Walter “Bunky” Echohawk. Walter will be retiring from NARF in April. He has served as an attorney for NARF since 1973 and has been a true pioneer and icon of Indian law. His contributions to the field are far too numerous to entirely mention. Walter has tirelessly served as a lawyer, tribal supreme court judge, scholar, writer and activist for more than 35 years. His legal experience includes cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial/ repatriation rights. Among Walter’s most important contributions to Native American rights was his involvement in the development and passage of The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), a Federal law passed in 1990. READ MORE