Friday, May 31, 2013

Ahtna leader and NARF plaintiff Katie John passes away

Katie John at Batzulnetas fish camp. Photo by Bill Hess

The celebrated Ahtna leader Katie John passed away today.  NARF Staff Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller has written a history of Katie John’s historical legal battles, Katie John – Her Life and Legacy.  To read the piece and view photos of Katie, her family, and her fish camp at Batzulnetas, click here.

“With Katie John’s passing, her determination to protect and preserve the Alaska Native subsistence way of life will live on through her family, her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  It has been an honor and privilege for all of us at NARF to have worked with such a great and wonderful matriarch.  She is an inspiration to all Native peoples and to all people who believe in right and justice.  Rest in peace, Katie, your legacy lives on.”

Photo copyright: Bill Hess. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Attention California Friends of NARF

Please join Native American Rights Fund Executive Director John Echohawk, at the Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) in Oakland, Clifornia for a presentation about NARF on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  This event is free and light refreshments will be served.  Donations are welcome. The IFH is graciously hosting this event at their location listed below. Please RSVP on their Facebook event page or call Janeen Antoine at 510-435-9116 or email at

Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd
Oakland CA, 94606

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk to speak at Dartmouth College

Later this week NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk will speak at Dartmouth College on the current legal landscape of Federal Indian law and NARF’s role in advancing the rights of tribal nations in the United States over the past 42 years.  The talk is open to the public and is sponsored by sponsored by Native Americans at Dartmouth.  To learn more, follow this link.

Friday, May 17, 2013

NARF Staff Attorneys to attend session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Next week NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk and Heather Whiteman-Runs-Him will travel to New York to attend the next session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  The Permanent Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights.  For more information on the meeting, click here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk authors chapter in new book, Law and the Quest for Justice

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk has authored a chapter in the new book, Law and the Quest for Justice.  The book is described as "[a]n insightful collection of essays from leading voices on the challenges and promise of justice and law" and it features "internationally renowned members of the academy, national political figures, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, and crusading lawyers."  To learn more about the book, click here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NARF Staff Attorneys participate in Expert Group Meeting at U.S. Department of Justice on Native American Traditional Justice Practices

Earlier this week NARF Staff Attorneys Steve Moore and Brett Lee Shelton participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Native American Traditional Justice Practices held at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Washington, DC.  The meeting was jointly sponsored by DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs and included a panel of several tribal experts with significant experienced in peacemaking, as well as many DOJ and DOI officials.  Steve Moore gave a presentation on the Traditional Justice Practices of Native American Communities panel, along with NARF Board Member Chief Justice Barbara Smith of the Chickasaw Nation, pictured above.