Echo-Hawk re-elected president of NW Indian Bar

SEATTLE – Lael Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, has been re-elected president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

Echo-Hawk is an attorney for The Tulalip Tribes. During her 2006 – 08 term, the bar association started the Urban Indian Legal Clinic at Chief Seattle Club in downtown Seattle; the clinic provides free legal services to any American Indian/Alaska Native in need of help. This year, the association’s Indian Legal Scholars Program expects to give more than $100,000 in scholarships giving to aspiring Indian lawyers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Michael Douglas, Haida, was elected president-elect. He is an associate with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson LLP, in Juneau, Alaska. He formerly worked for Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Brooke Pinkham, Nez Perce, was elected treasurer; she is an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle. Bree Kameenui-Ramirez, Native Hawaiian, was elected treasurer; she is a civil litigation associate with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey and formerly clerked for Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson.

At-large members elected: Marvin Beauvais, Navajo/Crow, an attorney for the Quinault Nation government; Angelique EagleWoman, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate, associate professor at University of Idaho Law School; and Lee Shannon, Cowichan, an attorney at Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.